God Determined

The truth always comes out, no matter how we try to rewrite it! Circumstances may take us somewhere we don’t want to go. Absalom tricked Ahithophel into being a part of his revolt, (2 Samuel 15:12).

Ahithophel’s advice was still “as if God himself had spoken.” And David knew it, (2 Samuel 16:23). That is why David prayed God would turn his counsel to foolishness, (2 Samuel 15:31). He sent Hushai to confuse Ahithophel’s directions, (2 Samuel 15:34). Hushai spoke long and hard to turn Absalom from Ahithophel’s plan, (2 Samuel 17:7-13).

2 Samuel 17:14, “Absalom and all his company agreed that the counsel of Hushai the Arkite was better than the counsel of Ahithophel. (God determined to discredit the counsel of Ahithophel so as to bring ruin on Absalom.)” The Message

God’s purpose was to ruin Absalom’s revolt, not permanently discredit Ahithophel. Had Ahithophel gone home and waited, he would have been proven correct. David would have learned Absalom tricked him. Ahithophel would have continued as the advisor.

But waiting is hard. Even harder? Waiting patiently.

“Have you prayed and prayed, and waited and waited, and still you see no evidence of an answer?…Are you to the point of giving up? Then perhaps you have not waited in the right way, which removes you from the right place – the place where the Lord can meet you.

‘Wait for it patiently.’ (Romans 8:25). Patience eliminates worry…weeping…self-works…want…weakness…wobbling…. Patience yields worship.” C.H.P.

“Streams in the Desert” February 21

Waiting is temporary. Patiently waiting is worshiping as if the tangled mess were already untangled.

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