RECAP: King David has retreated to gather with his friends, family, soldiers, and bodyguards. A man by the name of Shimei comes out of nowhere to throw rocks, and yell curses and accusations at David. Shimei declares King David is a murderer and the one to blame for Saul’s demise. King David’s fellow warrior, Abishai, practically demands to cut off Shimei’s head on David’s behalf. Shockingly, David replies: “He curses me this way because the Lord told him, ‘Curse David!’…. Leave him alone and let him curse me; the Lord has told him to” (2 Samuel 16:10-11).
Shimei’s curses and accusations were not a one time shot. It seemed unending. Shimei piled it on by keeping pace with David and his crew as they went. Shimei “cursed David, and threw stones and dirt at him” (2 Samuel 16:13). Imagine how irrational and foolish Shimei must have looked. That’s what happens when people’s denial, emotions, and vicitimization becomes their god. In the end, their dirt-tossing innuendos or cursing via emails, social media, and otherwise serve to make them look foolish. So beware of your Shimei’s unending barrage pushing you to the point that you return the favor. Resist doing that which may give you short-term satisfaction but yield long term regret.
At the end of the day, when it comes to Shimeis in your life, the bravest thing you can do is be like Jesus. Jesus ”was oppressed and treated harshly, yet never said a word” (Isaiah 53:7). God honored Jesus. God will honor you for being like Jesus. Entrust yourself to Him. Pray and trust the Lord to turn any “stone,” innuendo, attack, or cursing into blessing mid-air before it lands on you. See your Shimei as handpicked and sent from the Lord to draw you into deeper humility, trust, and dependence on Him.
Oh, and by the way, if any consolation know this: Shimei got his in the end (1 Kings 2:44-46).