When David went out to meet them, this is what he said: “If you have come in peace and to help me, you are most welcome to join this company; but if you have come to betray me to my enemies, innocent as I am, the God of our ancestors will see through you and bring judgment on you.” 1 Chronicles 12:17 (MSG)
My wife is great at guessing what’s coming next in a movie or television program. Within the first few minutes of a program like “The Mentalist” or “Law & Order,” she’ll be saying, “I think he did it.” By three quarters the way through the program she’ll usually have announced who did it along with the means, motive and opportunity. Most of the time, she’s right. Perhaps it’s from hanging out on the couch with her, but I find myself doing the same thing now. I’m not as good as she is, but I’ve gotten better at it.
That’s why the verse from today’s chapter caught me off guard.
When I read David’s opening words, “but if you come to betray me to my enemies…” my mind conjured up a host of likely conclusions that would come from a red-blooded male warrior:
- I’ll kill you ’til you’re dead.
- I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.
- I will personally cut off your head and feed your body to the lions.
What I didn’t expect was “God will see through you and bring judgment upon you.” That’s what I love about David and his story. In so many ways he is a flawed many like any other, like me. But, you constantly catch glimpses of why God called him “a man after my own heart.” David does not presume, like most ego-centric, paranoid warrior kings, to be judge, jury and executioner. He reserves judgement for God and trusts God enough to reveal his betrayer.
How often am I quick to judge? How often do I jump to conclusions and make snap judgements about my children? My family? My co-workers? My friends? Today, I take my lesson from David’s example. Reserve judgement. Stop being so paranoid or jumping to conclusions about who did what. Let God reveal what is true when it’s necessary and in His good time.
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