Where were we? 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).
David kept an eternal perspective even toward that which wounded him, embarrassed him, and enraged him. He not only did not defend himself, but embraced the curses. How? How can you and I? By seeing our Shimeis and their antics as sent from the Lord Himself to drive us into deeper humility, trust, and dependence upon Him.
King David went on to say,“Perhaps the Lord will see my affliction and restore goodness to me instead of Shimei’s curses today” (16:12). That’s David’s hope—restored goodness by the Lord. But what if King David falters and takes matters into his own hands?
Know this: If you take matters into your own hands, you will experience your own consequences. But, if you wait upon the Lord and entrust yourself to Him to defend, care for, and vindicate you in His way and time, then you can hope and trust that every outright cursing or passive-aggressive innuendo that comes out of the mouth or off the keyboard from a God-appointed Shimei in your life will land as God’s goodness and blessing.
May God give us grace to pray these matters out of our hands and into His hands so that we can hope and trust for His outcome.
Part five coming up….