SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- King David's son, Absalom, has led a revolt against David. David gathers his men to fight back. But we see (in verse 5, and later in verse 33) that still David loved his son and didn't want him to suffer and orders his men not to kill him.
- Joab was one of David's leaders becomes upset when one of his soldiers doesn't kill Absalom and does it himself (verse 14).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- David could have easily let the hurt of Absalom rebelling against him dictate his response, but he doesn't. Joab should have followed his King's orders, but because he is angry, he doesn't. Emotions are a natural (and good) part of our lives, but we need to be careful about letting them rule over us. No matter how we feel, when we have decisions to make we can choose to make the right ones.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Thinking through your life, when did you let your emotions, or the heat of a moment lead you to make a decision you wouldn't have otherwise? Why did you regret it later?
- Think through your life currently. Is there a decision you're making, or not making, because of an emotional response?
- Maybe you need to forgive someone, but you've refused.
- Or you've let your boyfriend lead you to do things you know you shouldn't?
- Or fear is keeping you from doing something God has commanded you to do?
- Or a desire for acceptance is causing you to go along with your friends in a way you know isn't right.
- Or something else entirely.
- Fast-forward: Can you see how you'll regret your actions (or lack of action) later? So ... make a decision today to overcome your emotions and make a decision that will honor God and your deepest values. (Your future self will thank you!)