By Kathy Varis
Today's Scripture: II Samuel 18:19
Central Thought: Sometimes God must step in to rid us of our enemies.
In 1971 a young woman named Ann Rule worked at a Seattle Crises Clinic with a charming, good-looking student from the University of Washington. His name was Theodore Bundy. Later she began writing true crime books and was stunned to find out that her former coworker had murdered 36 women. Ann was too close to see the truth about Bundy when she worked with him.
In today's story, David organized his troops to fight against his rebel son's advancing army. It broke his heart to fight Absalom, so he gave orders for the men to deal gently with him. David tried to save the very one who had stolen his throne and wanted to kill him. Joab, one of the generals, saw the truth of the matter—only one king could survive. When Absalom's head was caught in a tree, Joab killed him, ending the rebellion and giving David the victory.
When we find destructive habits or attitudes in our lives that, left unchallenged, can destroy us, they need to be dealt with swiftly and decisively. Even if our feelings tell us to 'deal gently” with the bad habit, some behaviors deserve no mercy. They need to be cut completely out of our lives. Let's be courageous enough to listen to friends and family members who speak the truth in love, especially when we're too close to the situation to see the truth.
Devotional Prayer: God help me to put to death all the bad habits in my life that threaten to destroy my walk with You.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 18:1-19:10; John 20:1-31; Psalm 119:153-176; Proverbs 16:14-15