Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Conspire or Inspire?

2 Samuel 15:12

…Soon many others also joined Absalom, and the conspiracy gained momentum.

Have you ever sat on the sidelines and watched a conspiracy build?

One person begins by sharing something that may or may not be true, then another passes this along and before long you have a team of people gathered together fighting with all their might for their cause. It may be a good cause or it could be a bad cause, but it is gaining momentum.

Absalom had worked the people. He had conspired in good cases usually the word conspired would not be used, it would probably be inspired. David would have inspired the people where Absalom was conspiring on the other side. Absalom worked with tricks and David worked with God. Absalom was bitter and David was filled with joy. You see the difference building right?

Absalom had let the bitterness take root in his heart and he was conspiring to tear down good. Bitterness seems to always be at the heart of doing evil. What was done to Absalom's sister was wrong very wrong, but do you think Absalom was truly feeling anything good in his being? Watch the next time this begins to happen and usually the person conspiring is so filled with anger, hurt, bitterness that they are a miserable person and they are going to fill those around them with the same feelings.

David decides to leave and his words in 2 Samuel 25 and 26 show the difference between this father and son…"If the Lord sees fit, he will bring me back to see the Ark and the Tabernacle again. But if he is through with me, then let him do what seems best to him."

Wow, David knows God and he is obedient to God …David could have made the choice for bitterness here after all his own son is taking what is David's and yet he makes the decision that it is God's choice not his…truly inspiring!

Sweet blessings,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, I really felt sorry for King David in today's reading. So many people had turned against him. His son Absalom plotted to overthrow and kill him, his advisor sided with Absalom, Saul's grandson, Mephibosheth, whom David had shown kindness to wanted all that was Saul's and the people in Jerusalem turned against the king. Then Shimel curses David and throws stones at him.

But then the last sentence today, 2Samuel 17:14, said, "For the Lord had determined to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, which really was the better plan, so that he could bring disaster on Absalom!" The Lord was working on David's behalf through all of the bad stuff. I need to remember that the Lord is at work even through the bad stuff in my life. He is looking out for me.