TUESDAY 28 June, 2016
Getting the Right Prospective
For,” said Hushai, “you know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are enraged in their minds, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field; and your father is a man of war, and will not camp with the people. - 2 Samuel 17:8
Hushai used God’s wisdom in his advice and was able to remind Absalom of his father’s strength. He painted a very different picture with his words than Ahithophel, who made David sound weak and vulnerable. In modern terms it was like saying:“You are messing with the wrong person; your father is a man of war!” He wanted him to get the right perspective.
Absalom had the greatest father––the father of fathers. David was famous for killing the giant Goliath. He was a man of war having won victory after victory. As the king of Israel, he was submitted to God with a humble attitude and godly character. Imagine how many young men would have loved to have David as their father? He would have sharpened them into mighty men.
Within Hushai’s message was a strong exhortation, a reminder of who Absalom was coming against. He should have repented, but the influence of listening to bad counsel had taken hold of him. He did not receive the exhortation and still believed he could over rule his father. He should never have thought that!
In families today you see the same problems. Be careful of deception where Satan has brainwashed a person in the family. When this happens, sadly a son can come against his father or a daughter against her mother; even to the point where they abuse their parents. Like David who had his flaws, our parents are not perfect but God still expects us to honor, respect and treat them with dignity (Deuteronomy 5:16).
Youth is a time of life wherein we have too much pride to be governed by others, and too little wisdom to govern ourselves.
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