Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 19
I am not 100% sure of the author’s main idea and intent in this chapter, but I am 100% sure that one thing jumped off the pages at me today. I’ll try to briefly explain.
David became King. He made a decision to show kindness to Hanun, the king of Ammon. Hanun’s father had been kind to David, so David thought it would be good and right to be kind to Hanun. David sent some servant’s to Hanun to console him at the loss of his father, but Hanun’s servants assumed that David’s men were spies and that David was going to overtake Ammon. So, Hanun decided to humiliate David’s servants by ripping their clothes off from the waist down and shaving their beards.
David didn’t take too kindly to what Hanun had done. Hanun learned that David was not very happy, so he gathered a bunch of men to get ready to go to battle against David. Long story short, Israel whipped up on Hanun and 40,000 of his foot soldiers and 7,000 charioteers were killed. Good grief! This fighting and battling and the death of 47,000+ men happened because Hanun misjudged David and assumed things that were completely false.
Now, here’s what jumped off the pages today. How many times have I assumed the worst about someone, or misjudged someone’s intentions and the result became the destruction and death of a friendship or relationship? It has happened more times than I’d like to admit.
I know this isn’t the main idea of the chapter, but there is a good lesson here for us. Strive to believe the best about someone before jumping to a negative conclusion about their intents and actions. Before assuming the worst and then attacking them, ask the Spirit to give you strong discernment before you react. It might just save a friendship or a relationship.
Posted by: Rich Duffield