April 9, 2021
Daily Reading: II Samuel 16-18
2 Samuel 17:14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.
God does get involved in the affairs of men. Even unto today. Proof. Hold on.
Absalom, David's son, stole the hearts of the people of Israel through deceit and political wrangling. Now there is a full-on civil war on the horizon. Soon, in just a few days, 20,000 men of Israel (Absalom's following soldiers) would meet their fate. Killed by the sword or lost and dying in the woods. But Absalom knew none of this. All he knew is that the kingdom would soon be his, so he thought. He had two counsellors, Ahithophel and Hushai. Ahithophel gave this upstart, would be king good advice. Hushai gave advice that would lead to Absalom's defeat. For some reason, all of Israel and Absalom thought that Hushai's advice was better than Ahithophel's.
This is what they knew, as they knew it, when they thought they knew it. But behind the scenes, from the Throne room in Heaven, God was at work. While these men who wanted to overthrow David thought they had it all figured out. They did not know that the Lord, to their confusion and defeat, was placing his finger on the scale causing them to trust in poor advice.
Throughout Scripture this has taken place. In Job's day, God was involved behind the scenes. When Haman tripped on that bed, fell into it with Esther, heating up the agitation of King Ahasuerus, God caused that stumble. When Peter and Silas were imprisoned, an earthquake caused all the doors to open up so that they could walk out safely, it was God that allowed that earthquake at that time. When Paul was bitten by the serpent while putting firewood on the fire it was God that took away the poison of that asp. On and on we could go.
But what about your life? Does the Lord God get involved on your behalf? To answer that simply consider one New Testament verse. Ephesians 3:20 states: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,. Did you notice five action words strung together like a tsunami, overwhelming the mind with grandiose images of power that cannot be denied. Do. Exceeding. Abundantly. Above. All. that we ask or think. That is how God works. In this realm we think it is all up to us, or that things are always what they appear. But not so. Not from the vantage point of our Father in Heaven.
Absalom couldn't have known this...but now you do. God is working. Always!
This is why we work as though it is all up to us but pray as though it is all up to God. Amen!
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.