Today you should read: 2 Samuel 18
This chapter is the climax and resolution of the Absalom story line. Absalom is killed by Joab even though David had told him and the other leaders to, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” (verse 5) Now they have to tell David about the battle and about his son’s death. I feel like there are a couple things to take away from the aftermath of the battle.
Spiritual maturity is needed to be able to effectively use the skills God has given you. Ahimaaz wanted to deliver the news to David, but Joab saw that he was not mature enough so he sent the Cushite. It was important to get the information to David as soon as possible and Ahimaaz was faster than the Cushite, but he did not have the maturity to get the job done. You can see this play out in verses 28-30.
We also see the importance of leaders who can determine the people who are right for certain tasks. Joab never tells Ahimaaz that he cannot deliver news, but knows that he is not ready to deliver this specific news. Joab recognized that Ahimaaz possessed all the skills needed to complete the task, but he also knew that Ahimaaz was lacking maturity to be able to do so.
Lastly, we see the eagerness of Ahimaaz to deliver good news, but his inability to deliver the bad news. We see this a lot in our society. We are quick to serve whenever we can receive praise, but are less willing to do things that will go unnoticed. I’ve heard it put this way in the past, “Everyone will grab a microphone to serve if they can sing, but are they also willing to grab a toilet brush to serve?”
Do you possess the spiritual maturity to be able to most effectively use the gifts God has given you?
If you are serving, are you serving to receive recognition for yourself or for the glory of God?
By: Jacob Kerr — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice: Worship and Students at West Campus