In Strength or Weakness


Are you the same person when you're strong as you are when you're weak? Do you treat people differently depending on your position?


Lord, my desire is to see You move freely in my life. I surrender all to You.


2 Samuel 19:18-30


Do you find yourself able to let God vindicate you?

The background to this passage is 2 Samuel 16:1-14. As David left Jerusalem in disgrace, members of Saul's clan repositioned themselves. First, Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth, Saul's grandson, came to David with provisions. He said his master had stayed at home, hopeful that Saul's dynasty could be restored. Then Shimei cursed David as he retreated, hurling stones and abuse at him. In his darkest hour, David acted with measured grace: he transferred Mephibosheth's property to Ziba, and he spared Shimei, even though Abishai wanted to kill him on the spot.

Now, as David's fortunes are restored, Mephibosheth and Ziba come to meet him, fearing the worst. Abishai wants to take revenge on Ziba, but again David spares him (23). Giving Mephibosheth the benefit of the doubt, he redistributes his property between Ziba (29) and him.

David is aware that these men could still constitute a threat. As he is dying, he warns Solomon about Shimei (1 Kings 2:8,9). Still, he acts with grace, as his confidence is in God who has restored him (19:23), just as he was conscious of God's judgment in his time of weakness (16:12).


Am I the same person when strong as when weak? Do I treat people differently depending on my position?


God, help me to walk in Your grace regardless of my position or power. I want to walk humbly before You.


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