Rest at the Destination

In 2 Samuel 16:5-14 NLT, it reads “As King David came to Bahurim, a man came out of the village cursing them. It was Shimei son of Gera, from the same clan as Saul’s family. He threw stones at the king and the king’s officers and all the mighty warriors who surrounded him. “Get out of here, you murderer, you scoundrel!” he shouted at David. “The Lord is paying you back for all the bloodshed in Saul’s clan. You stole his throne, and now the Lord has given it to your son Absalom. At last you will taste some of your own medicine, for you are a murderer!”

“Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king?” Abishai son of Zeruiah demanded. “Let me go over and cut off his head!”

“No!” the king said. “Who asked your opinion, you sons of Zeruiah! If the Lord has told him to curse me, who are you to stop him?” Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “My own son is trying to kill me. Doesn’t this relative of Saul have even more reason to do so? Leave him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to do it. And perhaps the Lord will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses today.”

So, David and his men continued down the road, and Shimei kept pace with them on a nearby hillside, cursing and throwing stones and dirt at David. The king and all who were with him grew weary along the way, so they rested when they reached the Jordan River.”

You can see David is on this journey. When he reached Bahurim, a man came out of the village cursing him and his army. This man threw stones at David, and his officers, and all the mighty warriors who surrounded him. (And in this moment, it was like God spoke to me and said, “Sometimes those closest to you will feel the negative effects and persecution of your anointing- just for being close.)

Shimei was calling him names and saying God was paying him back for his sins. Abishai (a military leader in King David’s army) wanted to kill him- but David just let him continue with his threats, curses, and taunting. David said. “Maybe God will see that I am being wronged and bless me because of these curses today”. In my opinion, David MUST have had faith in God to believe he would bless him through this. After all, he did commit adultery, get Bathsheba pregnant, and have her husband killed. But he must’ve gone to God, repented, asked for forgiveness, and then actually received that forgiveness. He must’ve been at a righteous standing with God to believe there was a chance God would turn Shimei’s curses into blessings. After all, David knew the things this man was saying was true- but he doesn’t seem to be that affected by it.

So, David and his men continued down the road- and Shimei kept pace with them- cursing and throwing stones at David and tossing dirt in the air.

There will always be someone pointing out the things we’ve done. It may be ourselves, an adversary, satan, friends and family; regardless, words and curses will be tossed about- just like the dirt on this path David is walking.

The king and all who were with him grew weary along the way, so they rested when they reached the Jordan River. (their destination)

Friend, you and your tribe might get tired on the journey. You may get tired from walking. You may get tired from ignoring the people shouting out their opinions about your past. You may get tired from having to fight something along the way. But keep going!! There IS rest at the destination!!

Father, give us strength to ignore the things that don’t serve our purpose and strength to endure our journey. Give us the same boldness you gave David, that we may receive your forgiveness and all the blessings you are waiting to give us. Bring refreshment to our spirits and a rejuvenation of hope to keep going. Thank you, God, that you are our rest. Surround us with people who will lift us up and encourage us. And let us not be like Shimei, cursing others, rather remind us that the power of life and death is hidden in the words we speak. God, let our words produce the fruit of life for your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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