THURSDAY 7 April, 2016
Taking Things to Heart
Then Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David’s brother, answered and said, “Let not my lord suppose they have killed all the young men, the king’s sons, for only Amnon is dead. For by the command of Absalom this has been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar. Now therefore, let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king’s sons are dead. For only Amnon is dead.” - 2 Samuel 13:32-33
David was left devastated by the news of all his sons being killed in one day, by Absalom. However, Jonadab, the king’s nephew, consoled the king and encouraged him not to think the worst. He was able to discern Absalom’s heart correctly; his actions would have been solely against Amnon for raping his sister. He was hopeful that the king’s other sons were safe. This was very wise of Jonadab, his counsel calmed the heart of the king and left him with some hope––all was not lost.
Many times people share bad news without getting all the facts straight and cause the hearer unnecessary pain and worry. In dire times we are apt to think the worst, it is our nature, and often we react with panic and anxiety. It is important to be the right kind of person in times like these. As Christians, we should be able to bring calmness into any volatile situation by use of our discernment and in giving wise biblical counsel.
Jesus knows the human heart well and how easily we can take things to heart. He told his disciples: Let not your heart be troubled…(John 14:1). The disciples would face many dangers and trials but He encouraged them with an eternal perspective.
As a Christian are you able to console and encourage the downhearted?
The church should be a community of encouragement.
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