Sunday, May 10, 2009

Capable hands...

Vindication that requires no personal effort or manipulation is so satisfying. Remember Shimei? He was the guy who threw stones at David as he cursed and made false accusations against him.

In today's passages, 2 Samuel 19-21, David secures the throne after Absalom's death, and is accompanied by thousands of exuberant followers when he is met by Shimei, who now begs David to forgive him. Shimei confessed that he had grievously sinned against David and then fell at his feet begging for mercy.

What a beautiful picture of God's grace David demonstrated. David could have said, "Off with his head!" and instantly, his mighty men would have executed Shimei. But again, David wouldn't listen to any advice that conflicted with what he knew God would have him do--which was to forgive his enemy.

This story begs the question--when we fail to forgive, is it possible that it's because we are insecure or unsure of our position in Christ? King David was secure. He was confident and aware that God had given him the throne. As a result, he didn't seek to vindicate himself--he just left matters in the more capable hands of The Lord.

I am praying that God will help me leave matters in his much more capable hands so that I can see him work things out for His glory and my good rather than settling for the temporary and brief satisfaction of a coerced or insincere apology.

Thank you Father that you work all things together for the good of those who love you and are the called according to your purposes. You are great, mighty and amazing.

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