By Kathy Varis
Today's Scripture: II Samuel 17:14
Central Thought: God takes care of His children even in desolate times.
Can you think of a time when someone opposed you in some way? Maybe you were trying to do something worthwhile, and for whatever reason someone gave you a very hard time. Or maybe a person hurt or abused you. Sometimes in life we are unjustly attacked. Even if we don't have control over another person's actions, we can choose how we respond.
Absalom usurped David's throne. The wisest of the king's counselors defected to Absalom. David knew that God controlled the outcome of the conflict and put his future in God's hands. When Absalom's chief counselor, Ahithophel, told him to pursue David immediately, David's spy Hushai sowed doubt by talking up the skills of David and his warriors. When Ahithophel's advice was ignored, he took his own life, thus removing his expertise from Absalom. It delayed the army and bought valuable time for David.
Hungry and exhausted, David fled across the Jordan after Hushai tipped him off about his enemy's plan. God was watching out for David and his followers. Several friends from the area brought beds, equipment, and food for them. Even in his time of struggle, God provided for David.
When we find ourselves hurt or attacked, it's important to remember that God is watching out for us. We can trust him to frustrate the plans of our enemies and to provide for us even in the middle of a hard time, just like he did for King David.
Devotional Prayer: God, help me trust You when I feel attacked or hurt by others. Work things out for my good.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 17:1-29; John 19: 23-42; Psalm 119:129-152; Proverbs 16:12-13