CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 29

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 16:2 “And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, the asses be for the king’s household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink”.

King David left his palace in Jerusalem to avoid any open confrontation with Absalom. On his way he was met by Ziba who brought food on a couple of asses saddled for king David’s men. This man was Mephibosheth’s servant. Would Ziba had come out to show kindness to David, if David had also not shown some kindness to Mephibosheth? May we always learn to show kindness to one another. God is the rewarder of a kind deed done others. Some people may not return a kind deed done to them, but don’t be worried about those who will not reciprocate a kind deed. Always know that whatever good thing you do for somebody, you do it unto the Lord. Matthew 25:44 “Then shall they also answer Him saying, Lord when saw we thee an hungered, or thirst or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them saying, verily I say unto you, in as much as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

Our heavenly Father is the final receiver of every good or bad deed we render to one another. Be very careful how you treat people. Some have entertained angels unawares.

As David and his men were going to their new destination one Shemei who is also a Benjamite from the house of Saul came up and rained insults on David. He even cast stones at him. Abishai one of David’s men requested from David to go and discipline Shemei. David was furious at him and said “And the king said, what have I to do with you ye Abishai, sons of Zeruiah? So, let him curse because the Lord has said unto him curse David. Who shall then say where fore hast thou done so?

David was ready to accept God’s discipline to the limit. He never wanted to act against God’s way. David also knew that it is God who enthrones and dethrones He was not going to act according to his will any longer. David also said further in verse 12 as follows “it may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day”. May we always learn to let God have his way in our lives.

   CONFESSION

My will is subjected to the will of God. Pleasing Him in everything I do is all that positive living entails.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Colossians 3:17 ” And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him”.

Psalms 119:30-31” I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me. I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame”

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