Tuesday, August 14
Hard Life Lessons
Today's reading: 2 Samuel 10:1-19
The account of the relationship between David and the Ammonites after the death of the king of Ammon is sad, yet filled with a number of beneficial life lessons. The first lesson I noticed is that there may be times when our efforts to extend kindness to another person won't always be received properly.
But the majority of the lessons, and where I chose to focus today, came from the example of Hanun and the snowball effect of his poor choices as a new and inexperienced leader.
Here are the lessons that stood out to me from this disastrous, unnecessary, deadly account:
- Who we choose as friends and advisors is critical. Surrounding ourselves with wise, godly people is a must.
- When we're unsure about a circumstance, and particularly someone's motivation, we need to do a little digging and assess the facts of the situation so we can respond properly.
- Our response to others should never be demeaning or degrading.
- It's better to admit we've made a mistake than get into a fight over our foolish and/or wrong actions.
- Fear is powerful and can cloud and distort our judgment and thinking.
What lesson(s) did God impress on your heart from this account? What lesson stood out most prominently to you, and why? Tami
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