And Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. But Amasa did not notice the sword that was in Joab’s hand. And he struck him with it in the stomach, and his entrails poured out on the ground; and he did not strike him again. Thus he died. Then Joab and Abishai his brother pursued Sheba the son of Bichri. - 2 Samuel 20:10
In a usual customary greeting Joab, with his right hand, took his cousin by the beard to kiss him. Treacherously the fallen sword was picked up and it was not noticed by Amasa until too late. Joab being an expert in war, struck his cousin and slashed open his stomach. He just stood there and heartlessly watched as his own cousins entrails poured over the ground. Amasa was assassinated. Inflicted with a lethal wound––he died.
Joab’s betrayal of Amasa went completely against God’s plan for his life. His cruel actions established his own will; instead of allowing God’s will for his future. He acted on his own selfish behalf; unconcerned about others in the kingdom. Joab had a flawed character; he was a jealous person who always looked for position no matter the cost.
It is amazing to me what people will do to regain their position. If only they would realize, the person that God chose to replace them, might do a better job. If they had the right attitude they would come alongside the new person and become a good support to them. Why not take the time to pour into them the wisdom from their years of experience? As they become better equipped they may do far greater things for the kingdom.
We must always check our hearts before the Lord and be content whenever He decides to change our position. Honestly ask yourself, do I assist and encourage others to help make them become better or do I purposely assassinate their efforts?
Nothing succeeds like encouragement.
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