By Kathy Varis
Today's Scripture: II Samuel 15:26
Central Thought: It's important to understand the nature of God and the nature of man.
While traveling, we visited a former KGB building and a concentration camp in Eastern Europe. You get a lump in your throat as you sense the horror that lingers in these places, realizing what people are capable of doing to each other. It's a sober reminder of the nature of humankind.
David understood the nature of his enemies and chose to remove himself and his family from danger. He realized Ahithophel, his former counselor, could do him the most damage, so he sent back the priests and a loyal friend, Hushai, to counteract Ahithophel's advice. David only had two sources of help—his loyal friends and his faith in God.
David told Zadok, the priest, as he sent him and the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, 'Here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.” David wept and prayed. He had seen how God had protected and helped him all the years in the wilderness while he ran from King Saul. He trusted God to work things out the right way. He understood the nature of God.
David lived with the fact he wasn't perfect, and yet he knew that in spite of this he could trust in the mercy of God. David wisely used the resources he had to help himself; he then left the results to God. Sometimes that's all we can do when we feel that everything is stacked against us.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, when things are beyond my control, I trust You to work things out the right way.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 15:23-16:23; John 18:25-19:22; Psalm 119:113-128; Proverbs 16:10-11