TUESDAY 5 July, 2016
Swift Words of Warning
Then Hushai said to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, “Thus and so Ahithophel advised Absalom and the elders of Israel, and thus and so I have advised. Now therefore, send quickly and tell David, saying, ‘Do not spend this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily cross over, lest the king and all the people who are with him be swallowed up.’” - 2 Samuel 17:15-16
Hushai lost no time and told the faithful priests everything that was spoken between himself, Absalom and the elders of Israel. As joint conspirators they would send word to his friend David. Once warned he would have time to take action. The king would cross over to the west, the east side of the Jordan River to keep everyone safe from Absalom.
At this time in his life David was so sensitive to the Spirit of God. Remember when he had sinned against God and His Spirit was no longer leading him? His sin affected his family line from: Tamar, Amnon and now Absalom, his life went tragically downhill from the moment he had sinned with Bathsheba. In his pain, David recognized he had reaped to his sin––big time.
Yet, when he repented, the Holy Spirit was completely back in his life (Psalm 51); God’s Spirit was once again guiding his steps. Psalm 37:23 tells us: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Despite David’s mistakes God was still working to bring about good in his life (Romans 8:28).
First Corinthians 10:11 explains that stories from the Bible are written for our example: Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition… but many times the problem is there is no true repentance in our lives. Learn to avoid David’s mistakes so God can once again bring His guidance and goodness back into your life.
Our sovereign God never lets so much as a shadow fall across our lives without intending it to be for his glory and our good.
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