Grief Distorts Perspective

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2 Samuel 18:19-33 “Grief Distorts Perception”
“Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, ‘Please let me run and bring the king news that the LORD has freed him from the hand of his enemies.’” (19) Joab basically tells Ahimaaz he is not the one to run for today, but can do so another time because the news includes the death of the king’s son. Joab then sends a Cushite [African mercenary] to run and carry the news to David. The watchman on the roof sees a man running by himself and tells the king. The king said, “…’If he is by himself there is good news in his mouth.’…” (25b). Ahimaaz’s route was quicker so he arrived first and prostrated himself before the king. He tells the king God has delivered up those who rose against David. When the king asks if it is well with Absalom, Ahimaaz realizes what Joab was saying and pretends ignorance. So the king has him stand by his side until the Cushite affirms Ahimaaz’s message. When the king asks about Absalom, The Cushite responds, “…’Let the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you for evil, be as that young man!’” (32c, d). David was so overcome with grief in the loss of his son he was unable to see the victory of his men. He says, “…’O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!’” (33b). We must guard against the deep grief that distorts our perceptions of reality and what is good.