When God’s Finger is on the Scale

Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel. Now Absalom had set Amasa over the army instead of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra the Ishmaelite, who had married Abigal the daughter of Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab’s mother. And Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.

When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim, brought beds, basins, and earthen vessels, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds and sheep and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat, for they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.” 2 Samuel 17:24-29

David was on the run and Absalom had the advantage. David’s former counselor, Ahithopel, had sided with Absalom, and offered a plan to finish David off. David’s friend, Hushai, stayed in Jerusalem to pretend loyalty to Absalom, and thwart Ahithopel’s counsel. Through all the small details, things start coming together for David. It is God who turns Absalom away from the good advice of Ahithopel.

I played a lot of chess in my youth, and I learned that you can have a huge material advantage and still lose your king. And the object of the game is to get the king! And it only takes one mistake at a crucial time to lose him.

Our king is eternal and holds the future in His hand. No matter what happens, no matter hard far behind you are, nor how far ahead you seem to be, do not make the crucial mistake of forgetting you are here for the king, his purposes, and at His pleasure.

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