Hearing God in Our Opposition

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2 Samuel 16:5-14 “Hearing God in Our Opposition”
As David left Jerusalem a descendent of Saul named Shimei came cursing him. He threw stones at David and his servants while he was surrounded by all his mighty men. Shimei cursed David saying, “…’Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow.’” (7b). As he persisted, Abishai spoke to the king: “…’Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.’” (9b). This man would not stand a chance before these mighty soldiers and Abishai previously joined his brother Joab in killing Abner to avenge their brother’s death. However, the king responded differently likely recalling Nathan’s prophetic word recorded in 2 Samuel 12:7-15. “But the king said, ‘What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah? If he curses, and if the LORD has told him, “Curse David,” then who shall say, “Why have you done so?’” (10) In the humility of his heart David sees this as possible consequences of his own sin and looks to God for signs of mercy. We need also to be cautious in retaliating against those opposing us less we miss what God is saying to us through their opposition.