Tuesday, August 28
Today's reading: 2 Samuel 16:1-14
Have you ever noticed how when we're down and out there always seem to be a few people who will quickly assume the worst about you and then gladly add to your misery? That's exactly what we see with Shimei--accusing David of being a "man of blood" with regard to the family of Saul (a falsehood), and piling on the verbal insults and even physical ones as he throws rocks and dust at David.
But David handles himself well. He doesn't respond in a like manner, nor does he allow Shimei's actions to add to his distress or become a distraction. He's gone through plenty of lows in his life and has learned and grown from those experiences. So rather than being reactive, David gives the entire situation over to God and continues to push forward through this painful situation.
What helps you put aside distractions and keep your eyes on God when you're going through a difficult time? Is there a particular Scripture (verse, passage, Book) that God has used to comfort you when you're in a low time? Tami
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