THURSDAY 30 June, 2016
Loyal Valiant Men
And even he who is valiant, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt completely. For all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and those who are with him are valiant men. - 2 Samuel 17:10
Once again Hushai, in his counsel, reminded Absalom of his father’s strength. His vitality was that of an experienced warrior––mighty in battle. Even valiant men who had the heart of a lion would melt before him. It was as if he was saying to Absalom––“do you not know your father?” David’s choice men were the same stature; in battle just one of his men could defeat hundreds of their enemies!
Hushai cleverly made Ahithophel’scounsel look inaccurate. He was wrong to paint a picture of a weak and weary king, who would be afraid in battle and go hide. In fact, quite the opposite was true––David and his men were prepared for war. These were battle worthy men, loyal and valiant. They would be found ready and waiting; and they were willing to die. Their loyalty was proven in life and in death. They would consider it an honor to die for their king.
Hopefully Hushai’s bold statements caused Absalom to think twice about engaging his father in battle. Absalom continued to listen to Hushai. Soon it would be time to consider what he had been told. Whose advice will he listen to? Absalom’s decisions would be played out based on his choice.
Life is full of important decisions; especially concerning life and death. Consider where you want to spend eternity. If you accept Jesus as your Savior by repenting of your sins; you are making the best choice!
If you are a loyal disciple of Christ then be valiant for Him. Your loyalty will be proven in your call to follow Him. He asked all His disciples: … “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” - (Luke 9:23).
The cross of Christ is the key of paradise.
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