2 Samuel 15:24-30… 30 And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot. Then all the people who were with him each covered his head and went up weeping as they went.
Over 11 years Absalom worked a plan to take his father David’s throne. In Step 5 the plan succeeds: David receives a message that Absalom is closing in on Jerusalem [v.13], and he decides to flee with his entire house [vv.14-17], except Zadok, Abiathar, and Hushai. Not only had he lost the throne that God had established for him, but he had lost it because of his own son’s conspiracy, certainly a bad time that was part of the fulfillment of the promise of Nathan to David after his sin with Bathsheba [2 Samuel 12:10-12]. David confessed his sin and was forgiven by God [2 Samuel 12:13, Psalm 51], but there are consequences for sin.
Yet, David submitted in humility and trust in the Lord. When he decides for Zadok to take the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem David said: “ 25 The king said to Zadok, “Return the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the sight of the Lord, then He will bring me back again and show me both it and His habitation. 26 But if He should say thus, ‘I have no delight in you,’ behold, here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.“ [vv.25-26]
David demonstrates a total trust that the Lord is doing something good with his bad circumstances, but he was willing to accept God’s will whatever it was.
Disciples, God is at work in your troubles; because God is good, loving and wise, you can know that whatever He is doing in your troubles is ultimately for your eternal good. Will we rest in this truth today or live in fear, anger, and bitterness?
When you are faced with troubles, how do you typically deal with those troubles? How does David’s response to his circumstances encourage you?
Henry Luke 7/31/2018