OVERVIEW: When David sent messengers to express sympathy to the Ammonites for their loss, they took it as a sign of attack and foolishly fought Israel.
BIG IDEA: Don’t jump to conclusions.
KEY VERSE: 1 Chronicles 19:2c–3 (King Hanun gets terrible advice)
But when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon, the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, “Do you really think these men are coming here to honor your father? No! David has sent them to spy out the land so they can come in and conquer it!”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
In all that you see, hear, or feel, seek me. Don’t let your limited experience make you overconfident, thinking you don’t need me or others’ insight. That’s short-sited and makes you vulnerable. Circumstances change. What you experienced previously may have changed. I can help with that. What you see is not complete. I can provide a broader perspective and help you see obstacles that are hidden or new elements that might surprise you.
Listen to counsel from godly leaders and me before making any significant decisions. You’ve trusted me in the past, so don’t get overconfident in the future. Even a quick cry of “help” in the midst of whatever you’re experiencing is a way to acknowledge my presence and power. I’m always available. Slowing down and seeking me will protect you from foolish missteps like the Ammonites made. They had an opportunity to be blessed, but their impulsive, thoughtless response led to war. Turn to me, and I will guide you and protect you.
Identify some seasoned Jesus followers you respect and ask them if you can get their wisdom and counsel from time to time. At least quarterly, share a few things you are thinking about or experiencing and ask for their feedback and suggestions.