When We Hear The Words We Need To Hear

Wendy Pope

Day: 50 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 19

2 Samuel 19:5-6 (NIV) “Then Joab went into the house to the king and said, ‘Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines. You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead.’”

The tragedy of Absalom’s death has left David grief stricken. And although grief is a necessary part of healing, it’s a place we were meant only to visit, not live. Sometimes we need someone to help us move along.

David’s men sacrificed their lives for the sake of his throne and their beloved Israel, yet David’s grief kept them from celebrating the victory. David, the father, allowed grief to overrule the victory of David, the king. It took Joab, David’s adviser and leader of his army, to jolt him back to the reality of the here and now. Whether David liked it or not, the harsh words were necessary to process his horrible loss and move forward as Judah’s leader.

The push was just what David needed to reinstate himself as the leader of God’s people. He worked hard to unify the people by offering amnesty to all those who had joined forces with Absalom against him. He appointed Amasa as the new general of his armed forces. He finally sets right two wrongs when he assures the security of Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, and rewards Barzillai for his kindness.

Joab’s words and his tone were hard for David to hear. It was important for Israel’s king to have someone in his life who had the courage to speak truth to him. David offers a wonderful example of how to receive the words we need to hear even if we don’t want to hear them.

Prayer: Lord, I thank You for those people in my life who tell me what I need to hear. Even if the words seem harsh, help me remember they care about me and only have my best interest at heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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