2 Samuel 17:14 God Can Frustrate The Enemy’s Plans

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. 2 Samuel 17:14

Regardless of who the enemy is, they always make plans to harm those who are doing good. In battles one side will always attempt to frustrate and disrupt those plans if possible. In order to frustrate the plans, one must be able to get inside information and get inside the enemy’s camp, which is often difficult to impossible.

Absalom had been given advice on how to capture David by two different men. Rather than following the good advice of Ahithophel, he followed the advice of Hushai, which was God’s plan to bring about disaster on Absalom.

Going through life, believers will have enemies around them that are out to destroy them. Sometimes it appears as if the enemy is too large and cannot be overcome at all. On the outside it appears as if the enemy will win and there is nothing one can do about it.

Although it can appear hopeless, God may be working on the inside of the enemy’s camp to bring about His victory. He has ways of guiding the enemy into believing or doing things that will bring about their destruction. He will work things out to frustrate their plans and protect His people.

Satan is leading the world and is the author of confusion and destruction. God will use those things against him to bring about His plans.

Rather than fearing and running in fear from the enemy, the believer must be willing to lean upon God and trust him completely. God is working behind the scenes in the enemy’s camp to bring about victory for the believer.

The world is out to destroy you in whatever manner possible. There may be some seeking advice on how to make that happen.

Rather than fearing the world, put your trust in God. He sees and knows what is occurring better than you do and can bring about a frustration of the world’s plans against you. Just as God worked in mysterious ways to bring you to Him, He will work in ways to take down the enemy in the end.

As you hold on to and trust God, you will see victory that leads into eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s plans in your life; that you will seek God when the enemy is against you; that you will see God frustrate the plans of the enemy; and that you will trust God will provide you victory over the enemy.

2 Samuel 15:15 Doing What God Chooses

The king’s officials answered him, “Your servants are ready to do whatever our lord the king chooses.” 2 Samuel 15:15

Servants are expected to do whatever the boss requires them to do. Everyone who works a job is a servant to the boss or manager of that job. Every person answers to someone higher than himself.

While many people will be obedient, there are some that will rebel against the desires of the leader. They will choose to do things their own way rather than following the choice of the leader. Often this is due to the difficulty of following the leader’s ways.

David had chosen to flee the castle and the city out of safety. His officials said that were ready and willing to do whatever he chose.

Every believer is under the leadership of God. They are to be His servants and willing to obey His every leading.

In His infinite and perfect wisdom, God leads His people on a path that is best for them and everyone else. God sees the bigger picture and can make the right choice for each person. This path may sometimes be very difficult and does not always make sense.

Following God will sometimes mean that one must leave behind his friends, family and whatever else is familiar to him. Stepping out into a new location may be difficult but may also save a person from a greater danger in staying.

As a person follows God’s choices, he will see God’s hand of provision and protection upon his life. Doing God’s will always bring about peace, that the world does not understand, fulfillment and an abundant life. This is a choice to deny self and this fallen world in order to obey God and do what He chooses.

As a believer in Jesus, you are a servant of God. You need to make a choice to do whatever Jesus, your King, chooses. Follow God wherever He may lead, whether that means leaving your friends, family or anything else behind.

Do not allow yourself to be like the world and selfish, doing your own thing in your own way. The path of this world and self will only lead to death and destruction, not life that God has for you.

The path God has you take may be difficult, but in the end it will bring about perfect life in heaven for all eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will do whatever God calls you to do; that you will trust God’s leading in your life; that you will know the abundant life God has for you; and that you will be a servant of God in all that you do.

1 Samuel 26:23 God Rewards Righteousness and Faithfulness

The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. 1 Samuel 26:23

It is easy for most people to take advantage of an opportunity to harm their enemy when the opportunity arises. There is very little concern as to who the person is or if doing so is the right thing to do.

Choosing the right thing to do is often harder than doing what feels best or what one has been taught to do in a situation.

David had an opportunity to kill Saul but did not because he would not harm the Lord’s anointed. He knew that God would reward his righteousness and faithfulness.

While the world focuses on doing what feels good in the moment, believers are to do what is right. The believer must focus on being faithful to obeying God and all of His commands.

Making the choice to do what is right is often very difficult. It goes against the ways of the world and can sometimes be painful or bring on more trouble down the road. The reward for doing the right thing does not always appear right away. In the moment all that may appear is trouble.

God is watching every believer and the choices he makes. There will come a time when He will reward every believer for his righteousness and faithfulness. David was later rewarded with a great kingdom and lineage to the Savior for his faithfulness to God.

The ultimate reward for the believer is being allowed to step into heaven and hear God tell him that he was a good and faithful servant. The believer will gain a kingdom that is greater than that of David.

Throughout your life, as a believer, you will have many opportunities to make a choice to do the right thing and be faithful to God or not. The pressures and leading of this world will strive to get you to make selfish choices that are not right.

Allow yourself to be led and strengthened by the Holy Spirit to make the right choice to be faithful to God in every situation. Let God bring His reward to you in His way and in His time. It will be greater than any temporary reward you may grab on this earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal to you the right choices to make in every situation; that God will find you to be a faithful servant; that you will see the reward God has for your faithfulness; and that you will trust God in every situation in your life.

1 Samuel 24:12 Allow God To Get Vengeance

May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. 1 Samuel 24:12

Desiring to get vengeance is one thing that many people think about against those who have harmed them. While most do not seek to physically kill a person, most want to cause some social or emotionally harm to others that have caused pain or suffering. This can be done directly or indirectly.

They want to get vengeance for what was done wrong to them.

David had a chance to kill Saul but did not. He said he asks God to get vengeance for the wrongs Saul had done, but he would not touch Saul at all.

The world is quick to seek a violent vengeance against all who do wrong. Whatever harm was done will be done hundredfold back. It is seen as a perfect right of a person to do so.

Although not as violently, believers will often get caught up in the same mentality in seeking vengeance. Their vengeance is often more subtle, but just as harmful. This can occur inside and outside of the church walls.

Instead of seeking vengeance, believers are to forgive and allow God to bring about His vengeance in His way and in His timing.

No matter how harmful a person can be in his vengeance, the vengeance of God can be greater and reach deeper into the heart and life of a person. Prior to seeking vengeance, God seeks reconciliation and forgiveness. He wants to bring about change and give life, not death.

This can only occur with forgiveness, grace and mercy. In the same way God shows forgiveness, grace and mercy to the believer, the believer must show it to those who cause harm and allow God to seek any needed vengeance.

Very likely you have had someone do something harmful to you at some point in your life. This may be occurring right now. Instead of seeking vengeance offer forgiveness, grace and mercy. Let God seek how to avenge you on the other person.

Do not lift your hand against the other person to destroy him but lift the person up before God. Allow God to deal with that person in His way and in His time. Acting in this way is doing the same thing Jesus did as He went to the cross.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God to avenge any wrongs done to you; that you will know and understand God’s forgiveness, grace and mercy towards your enemies; and that God will strengthen you to do what is right in His eyes.

Ruth 1:16 No Going Back

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16

During extremely difficult times, many people like to return to where they were before the difficult times. No matter how good or bad the past was, people desire to go back to it rather than face major problems in life.

Staying on the path forward through extreme difficulties is hard for most people. Going back is easier.

During extreme famine and many difficulties, Naomi urged her daughter in laws to go back to their homelands and their former gods. Ruth, one of her daughters, stated she would not go back and would stay with her and her God.

Looking at a difficult road ahead can always make it seem easier and better to go back to the place one was. The life of a believer is often filled with difficulties because the world is against the believer and wants to destroy the believer.

Sadly, many believers will see the difficult times and blame God and then go back to the worldly way of living. It appears easier to live a life in sin, rather than go through the temporary trials as a believer. Living the life of the world may give a moment of pleasure, but in the end, it is death and suffering for eternity.

No matter how difficult life is right now, there is hope for the believer. In the end there is eternal life with no more problems, sickness, pain or suffering. Once one has begun the road to follow Jesus, he must not turn back to the world, no matter the challenges, but keep going forward.

As a believer the world is going to be against you and work to destroy your faith in God. Because there is sin in the world, it will not always be easy to walk with God.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived into thinking that the old ways of sin and the world is easier and better. Put all of your focus and trust in God and His ways of living.

All the pain and suffering you may be going through now will appear light and worth it all when you step into heaven with God for all eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s plan for you; that God will give you strength to walk the path He has you on; and that you will never turn away from God for the rest of your life.