2 Samuel 19 Part 1–Get Up And Be The King!

It would be so difficult to lose a son.  It would be even more difficult to lose him knowing it was your sin that caused the problem.  David was devastated that Absalom was dead.  But, His army was pleased they won and the King was back in power and the remainder of his family safe. So David’s grief was not only misplaced, but it was a terrible message for the men that risked their lives to restore him to his throne.  So, Joab, his commander had to step up and tell him–Get up and show your men that they did not risk their lives in vain.  It was a hard message–but the right one.
 
We have to also focus on what is the right thing to do. We cannot let our feelings control our actions in life.  There are times we are hit with a difficult set of circumstances and we lose sight of what we must do to honor God and live our lives.  In those times, we need a Joab to simply say, Get up and show people you are God’s chosen. Live accordingly! Then, that is when we must stand up and face life with the strength that only God can provide.  Help me, Lord to rise up and be the one you have called me to be, no matter how I feel!
 
God Bless You

Joab was told, “The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.” And for the whole army the victory that day was turned into mourning, because on that day the troops heard it said, “The king is grieving for his son.” The men stole into the city that day as men steal in who are ashamed when they flee from battle. The king covered his face and cried aloud, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!”

Then Joab went into the house to the king and said, “Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines. You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead. Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall. This will be worse for you than all the calamities that have come on you from your youth till now.”

So the king got up and took his seat in the gateway. When the men were told, “The king is sitting in the gateway,” they all came before him.

Meanwhile, the Israelites had fled to their homes.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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