May 09, 2018: SOAP #3079: 2Samuel 17; Psalm 71; Matthew 26 Scripture:  2Samuel (NIV) 17:14 Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.” For the LORD had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom. Observation:   […]

May 09, 2018: SOAP #3079: 2Samuel 17; Psalm 71; Matthew 26

Scripture:  2Samuel (NIV) 17:14 Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.” For the LORD had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.

Observation:    Absalom was trying to overthrow his father, King David.    David and his men were unprepared and had fled the city.  Ahithophel was well known for his wisdom and gave Absolom good counsel to quickly peruse King David and use his advantage to bring a quick end to David.   However, Hushai, wanting David to get away to safety and have time to prepare for war, counseled Absalom to wait and gather more people around him before trying to engage such an expert fighter in the woods.   God's presence tilted Absalom's heart toward Hushai!

As David was frantically leaving Jerusalem, as people were ridiculing him, as they were escaping without sufficient suppliesas David was at his lowest, God was working on David's behalf!     Out of David's sight and unbeknown to David, God was at work!

Application:    David's God is Leon's God!   He is at work on my behalf when it appears that everything is against me!     His unseen influence in the right discussion, even when I am not present, makes all the difference!     I can walk in faith that God is aware of my need and will insert Himself at the right time to insure my victory!

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, in troubled times, I trust you to be with me and to work on my behalf for your glory!   I want to be faithful to give you the credit for the victory!      Amen

Pastor Leon
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