EXHORTATION- 21/05/2018


King David’s own son, Absalom had plotted and succeeded in a coup against him; his friend Ahithophel also turned traitor, and joined forces with Absalom.
This was the very height of betrayal, only for someone to still take the opportunity to rub David’s face in his misfortunes.
Let’s read….

“2 Samuel 16:5-14 AMPC
[5] When King David came to Bahurim, a man of the family of the house of Saul, Shimei son of Gera, came out and cursed continually as he came.
[6] And he cast stones at David and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.
[7] Shimei said as he cursed, Get out, get out, you man of blood, you base fellow!
[8] The Lord has avenged upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead you have reigned; and the Lord has delivered the kingdom into the hands of Absalom your son. Behold, the calamity is upon you because you are a bloody man!
[9] Then said David’s nephew Abishai son of Zeruiah to the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.
[10] The king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, Curse David, who then shall ask, Why have you done so?
[11] And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, Behold, my son, who was born to me, seeks my life. With how much more reason now may this Benjamite do it? Let him alone; and let him curse, for the Lord has bidden him to do it.
[12] It may be that the Lord will look on the iniquity done me and will recompense me with good for his cursing this day.
[13] So David and his men went by the road, and Shimei went along on the hillside opposite David and cursed as he went and threw stones and dust at him.
[14] And the king and all the people who were with him came to the Jordan weary, and he refreshed himself there.”

This man accosted David, to rub salt upon injury, with false accusations, insults and injustice of great proportions.
But did David pay him attention? No. Even when the people around him wanted to “teach the man a lesson”, David restrained them.
His response was quite instructive. David didn’t bother trying to explain, or justify or vindicate himself before man. His main concern was to find favor before God and be restored. He refused to be distracted from his purpose. And he also rested.

Is there any one in the house today, who like King David is passing through a season of hurt and betrayal?
Friends and/or family hurt or betrayed you? Does it seem like your whole world is collapsing left, right and center? And the voices of accusation and mockery around you are almost deafening.
The Father would have me ask you this morning, “why are you giving room to distractions, daughter of Zion?; why are you stopping to throw sticks at every dog barking at you along the way?”
For how long will you spend time responding to every criticism, answering every insult, explaining and trying to justify/vindicate yourself before humans.
The Father reminds us today, to set our face like flint, and refuse to be distracted from His purpose for our lives.

Take your battle position in the place of prayer, until the promised restoration comes, and also rest in His presence, while your strength is renewed.

Hebrews 12:2 NKJV
[2] looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


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