SUMMARY: Halfhearted victory
OVERVIEW: David returns to Jerusalem and mourns for his son, even though his son tried to kill him. Everyone seeks to reaffirm their loyalty to David.
BIG IDEA: Be quick to forgive but slow to establish trust.
KEY VERSE: 2 Samuel 19:6 (Joab to David)
You seem to love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that your commanders and troops mean nothing to you. It seems that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died, you would be pleased.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Take time to mourn the loss in your life. It will be a complicated and sometimes confusing period, as everyone grieves differently. Try not to make major decisions during this season. Bring everything to me, and seek counsel from those you trust, but whenever possible, wait before making critical decisions. You won’t always know who to trust. And you may not be able to trust your emotions. Wait. And then wait some more.
There will be many events and experiences outside of your control. Focus on what you can control. You can choose to be faithful in your relationship with me, with others, and in your tasks. Be a reliable friend and worker. Be quick to extend grace and forgiveness to others. Welcome those who hurt you back into your life, but be cautious. Give time for trust to be re-established. Be patient and do the best you can, and leave the results to me.
How is your emotional health today? If you feel a bit low, try not to make major decisions today. Spend time in prayer with God. Ask for his guidance and seek support from friends.