SUMMARY: Poor choices
OVERVIEW: Despite the warning against polygamy (Deu 17:17), David takes additional wives to strengthen his political ties. Joab murders Abner in a city of refuge.
BIG IDEA: Quick tempers do not foster wise decision making.
KEY VERSE: Matthew 26:52 (Jesus to Peter)
“Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
When you’re angry, frustrated, or suspicious—or wrestling with any emotion that can negatively influence you—stop and seek me. Bring everything to me. The first idea that comes into your mind is not always the wisest. Nor is the second or third. Slow yourself down. Force yourself to pause. That’s certainly not a natural reaction when you are emotional, but discipline yourself to breathe in bit-by-bit with long exhales. That will help you catch your breath and allow your heart and mind and my Spirit to get your attention.
Wait on me for your next steps. Seek me and listen. Obtain wise counsel from others, as well. Fostering friendships for personal gain might be strategic in the world’s eye, but it could also be selfish. I want you to trust me more than political alliances. Allow me to connect you with the right people. I may use relationships, or I may open doors for you to walk through. I want you to trust me and my plan for your life. “Going with your gut” is one strategy. Obeying my Spirit is a better one.
Don’t act impulsively. Seek God and follow his lead. Make it a habit to thoughtfully consider potential consequences before making decisions. Identify a friend or two who can help you process and evaluate options.