Life Must Go On
Lord, thank You for faithful friends who will speak what I need to hear, even if it is hard. Give me ears ready to hear.
2 Samuel 19:1-8
Do you have friends who will speak the truth?
One of David's most attractive qualities is his capacity for wholehearted emotional engagement. This makes him a loyal friend, an inspirational leader, a passionate lover and a devoted worshiper. But at times this characteristic can also leave him overwhelmed by intense feelings.
It is commendable that David can feel such grief for Absalom, especially after the way his rebellious son has behaved. Yet, David is not just the father of Absalom; he is father to other sons and daughters; he is a husband; he is commander-in-chief; he is the king. These roles also require his attention. The nation needs him to act responsibly.
Joab, in some ways David's polar opposite, political to the end, courageously tells David what he needs to hear (5-7). To his credit, David rouses himself to do the right thing, although his heart still carries the pain of grief (8a). It is extremely difficult to continue to act appropriately in the public realm while carrying intense personal emotions. Nobody knows this more than Jesus, who nevertheless remained focused on his God-given mission (see John 12:23-28).
Consider those you have seen exercise public responsibility well in the face of personal challenge. Follow their example.
Thank You, Jesus, that You know the grief of our hearts and that You gave us the perfect example of faithfulness.
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