Nothing Thwarts the Plans of God

Wendy Blight

Day: 48 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 17

2 Samuel 17:14 (NIV) Absalom and all the men of Israel said, ‘The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.’ For the LORD had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.”

Prayer moves the hand of God. I treasure the moments when God graciously and specifically answers one of my prayers. This is that day for David. God answers the prayer David prayed in 2 Samuel 15:31, asking God to turn Ahithophel’s advice to foolishness.

Today feels a bit like a James Bond movie as we encounter another one of Ahithophel’s schemes. He presented Absalom with a plot to kill David immediately, convincing him that once David was dead, his men would scatter. Absalom and the elders of Israel approved of his plan.

But then, in a strange turn of events, despite unanimous approval, Absalom decides to get a second opinion from Hushai, a double agent. He was David’s close friend who had infiltrated Absalom’s inner circle by leading him to believe he had switched sides.

Hushai told Absalom that Ahithophel’s advice was “not good” (2 Samuel 17:7), proposing they refrain from an immediate attack. He planted a seed of doubt that David might be lying in wait, emphasizing David was a mighty warrior surrounded by his mighty men of valor. He countered they should amass a larger army, led by Absalom himself, rather than Ahithophel. Because if Absalom led the battle, he would get all the glory.

Hushai was quite clever. He ensured his words and his plan appealed to Absalom’s pride. His argument was convincing enough to sway Absalom and his men to his side.

The words in today’s verse turn the tide in this story: “For the LORD had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel to bring about disaster on Absalom.” 2 Samuel 17:14 shows us God is working. Ahithophel’s advice was the best militarily, but God intervened to ensure David’s prayer was answered and God’s plan prevailed.

God tucked 2 Samuel 17:14 in this chapter to reveal He was present, working and in control. With these words, God reminds us that no matter the muck, the mess, the chaos and the scheming, He has determined the end. His ways will not be thwarted … by anyone or anything. David was God’s anointed king, and God would not allow Absalom to usurp Israel’s throne.

This verse serves as a beacon of hope in our dark, desperate, sin-infested world. Our God is the Lord of history. He authored it from beginning to end. His agenda is to further His name, His kingdom, His glory and the gospel. Even when we cannot see it with our eyes, God is always working on behalf of His children. He will either deliver us or equip us with the strength, peace and hope to persevere. And He promises to work all things for good for those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Prayer: Father, disasters, elections, wars and riots do not affect Your reign and rule. Your kingdom endures from generation to generation. You alone are the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords. You are sovereign over all the earth. You do as You please in heaven and on earth. As I walk through the grit and grime of this world, I choose to gaze into Your glory. To fix my eyes on Jesus, the One who is the author and perfecter of my faith. I cry out “Hallelujah” for You are my One True King. In the midst of it all, I give You all glory and honor and praise! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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