45. God is for you

Last time we saw how Absalom was killed in his revolt against David. We saw how David bitterly wept for his son. David knew that this whole debacle was his fault. If he had disciplined his sons and if the adultery with Bathsheba didn't happen, none of this would have happened. But David was reprimanded by his commander, Joab to appreciate those who risked their lives for him. David had to snap out of it, forgive himself and move on. We also learned that. And that we should appreciate those in our lives who do so much for us. We should treat them the best and love them for their support.

So David went back to Jerusalem to reign as king once again. God reinstated him. The tribe of Judah came to welcome him and helped him and all his belongings to cross over the Jordan river. The Israelites were angry that Judah stole away and brought David back alone, without their help. They claimed their rights to David. But Judah claimed theirs. They had a verbal fight and one man from Israel, Sheba, yelled:

"We have no share in David, nor do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse; every man to his tents, O Israel!" 2 Samuel 20:1

So Israel followed him. David knew that Sheba was going to do him a lot of harm. He then sent Amasa and Joab after him. Joab knew that David was planning to make Amasa his new commander, so he killed him by deceiving him. Then Joab and his men went after Sheba. He found him hiding in a city, Abel. They wanted to besiege the city, when a wise old woman called Joab closer. She wanted peace. So Joab told her they would have peace if they killed Sheba themselves. They did that and Joab went back to David.

David had a lot of opposition, first from within his family and then from without. But God had ordained him as king and no one could do anything against him. Even though Joab, his commander, didn't always act honorably, David did, and God honored that.

We might also experience opposition when we are on the path that God ordained for us. We might have 'Absalom's and 'Sheba's come against us. We might have people inside our family discouraging us as well as outsiders. We might feel as if we are facing brick walls sometimes. But God is with us in a mighty, awesome way. This reminds me of Romans 8:31-33

"If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies."

We are God's elect, His children, dear and precious to Him. And even though some may bring false charges against us, He will justify us in front of everyone. Even though some may plot our downfall, He is for us and will not allow it to happen. Even if people try to discourage us from God's ordained path, God will open the way. Isn't that wonderful news? God is walking with us as the strong and mighty One. While we are on earth we can expect opposition, but we should do as David did, we should give it to the Lord. We should do what we can from our side and then sit back and enjoy His victory. God will never leave us nor forsake us. We simply need to follow our Shepherd. We as sheep shouldn't overanalyze everything. Sheep are not very intelligent. We should rather be like them and follow Him regardless of circumstances and voices shouting at us. We should trust Him explicitly, totally and without wavering. Then He will lead us to green pastures, far from dangerous cliffs, and bless us with a long life in His sanctuary.

Father, thank you that we can trust You. Victory is Yours, hallelujah! And if You are for us, who can be against us? Thank you for that assurance! We love You. Amen

1 comment for “45. God is for you”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Monday, 19 April 2021 at 9:07:13 AM

    Thank you Lord, that we can totally and with our whole being, depend on you !

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