Read 2 Samuel 16
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Scripture- 2 Samuel 16:11-12- Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “My own son is trying to kill me. Doesn’t this relative of Saul have even more reason to do so? Leave him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to do it. And perhaps the Lord will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses today.”
Observations- It seems so odd that David allowed the curses of Shimei to continue, since even as king on the run, he still had plenty of power to put an end to Shimei and his rock throwing and cursing. Instead, David allowed this and prevented his soldiers from ending this behavior. David saw that God was using this moment to humble him and teach him something about his failure and all he had done wrong in his relationships.
Application- Shimei was a thorn in David's side when things already weren't going very well. He had the authority to have him killed, but he instead chose to see how God might be working through Shimei to restore his kingdom. There are many unpleasant and difficult experiences that God can use to help us love and serve Him and others more faithfully. David modeled- in this moment- not running from his need for repentance and a living in a new way.
Prayer- Lord, I thank You for uncomfortable and painful experiences that have led me to draw closer to You or that have led me to examine my life and leadership more closely. Help me be humble and open to learning from You and all kinds of experiences- hurtful, joyful, painful, pleasant, chiding, and encouraging. Amen.
"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." (Romans 5:3-5),
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