I love this chapter for so many reasons. For one, it’s full of adventure and plotting, but it also is stuffed with hidden messages, particularly concerning God’s actions and the fact that we don’t always know or need to know what He’s up to in different circles. David was well aware of this. That’s how he kept his cool when Saul’s former servant was throwing rocks and insults at him. David didn’t just assume the dude was a jerk. He considered Saul’s servant’s actions a message from God. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could see all negative actions and comments toward ourselves in the same way? Maybe we will be more mindful of things like that from now on. The kicker, though, is in the last verse: “For every word Ahithophel spoke seemed as wise as though it had come directly from the mouth of God.” Ohhhh, that gave me chills. Absalom couldn’t see what was happening exactly, but we can, and man, oh, man, did that last sentence send me a HUGE message about how God might be working in my own life.
Writing prompt: God’s messages
It’s fun to see how God works in mysterious ways through all kinds of people. This chapter definitely displays the inner-workings of His Kingdom on Earth. Write about a time when someone insulted you or talked to you in a way you didn’t like. Try to look at it through David’s perspective. Write about what you learned – or could have learned – and expand on the reactions you had and if they may have been different had you been mindful of them like David.