WEDNESDAY 29 June, 2016
A Turn of Events
Surely by now he is hidden in some pit, or in some other place. And it will be, when some of them are overthrown at the first, that whoever hears it will say, ‘There is a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom.’ - 2 Samuel 17:9
Hushai continued his sound advice to Absalom. David was a seasoned warrior who was not going to stick around waiting to be attacked.Think about it; he was obviously going to plan ahead and strategize. David was masterful in warfare and would be well hidden. He would be armed, dangerous and ready for Absalom’s approach.
Notice how Hushai carefully used his words. He warned Absalom that even if he was successful in killing some of David’s men, there was a greater possibility of bad news that would return to the people of a great slaughter among his men. In a turn of events, Absalom would be the one to look weak in front of the people. What would happen then?
Wise advice should make you think. It should cause you to examine your life and actions. A good friend and counselor will help you consider the outcome of your choices. They may have the insight to see the direction your life is taking and give fair warning: “If you continue down this road where will you end up?” If you listen to them and change your choice of direction you can often avoid a fatal disaster.
The book of Proverbs urges its readers to listen to godly counsel. Proverbs 19:20 says: Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.
Then when you are old you will not live with regret over your foolish decisions.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but he who heeds counsel is wise.
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