Sometimes, humanity is the first casualty of an extended battle. People become so used to survival and self preservation that they forget to simply be Human. Joab and his brother were bitter at Abner for killing their brother in war—and though Abner had agreed to help David end the conflict and win the war, they let their bitterness control them and Murdered the man that could bring a peaceful end to the battle. Yet in the midst of the horrible scene, David kept his Humanity. He truly grieved for the former enemy. He treated seriously the loss of life and the deceitful murder. That treatment he gave showed him to be the man after God’s heart. The people realized he was not about self preservation, he was about preservation of God’s chosen nation.
In our lives, we are faced with choices every day to demonstrate we are more than selfish and self-absorbed people. The way we treat others and the way we look at opportunity are signs of who we consider the Lord of our lives. Make every effort, in the midst of those trials, to care for others and genuinely show concern for others. In the midst of that, others will see the Lord in your life, and you will better face your own battles reasonably and hopefully. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”
David understood this and that is what made him the greatest King in Israel.
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All the people wept again for Abner. 35 David had refused to eat anything on the day of the funeral, and now everyone begged him to eat. But David had made a vow, saying, “May God strike me and even kill me if I eat anything before sundown.”
36 This pleased the people very much. In fact, everything the king did pleased them! 37 So everyone in Judah and all Israel understood that David was not responsible for Abner’s murder.
38 Then King David said to his officials, “Don’t you realize that a great commander has fallen today in Israel? 39 And even though I am the anointed king, these two sons of Zeruiah—Joab and Abishai—are too strong for me to control. So may the Lord repay these evil men for their evil deeds.”