FRIDAY 9 September, 2016
Seek Guidance to End Disputes
So she spoke, saying, “They used to talk in former times, saying, ‘They shall surely seek guidance at Abel,’ and so they would end disputes. I am among the peaceable and faithful in Israel. You seek to destroy a city and a mother in Israel. Why would you swallow up the inheritance of the Lord?” - 2 Samuel 20:18-19
The woman spoke wise words to Joab from over the cities wall. He listened as she reminded him, of previous times; when the city Abel was a place well known to those who sought guidance. Through council any disputes would come to a peaceful end. I am sure she inferred: Why not this situation at hand? What was the cause of assailing the peaceful city?
In her question to Joab the wise woman caused him to think about his rash and unrighteous behavior. Would he really kill innocent and peaceable people, like herself? Would he destroy a city loyal to David? Joab needed to be put in check, his rash actions made no common sense. Perhaps he would listen and discontinue his assault. Maybe she could find out the reason for his attack and find a peaceful solution?
What about us? So much damage can be done when we act on impulse without stopping to pray or ask godly advice from others. Proverbs 19:2 tells us: …it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, and he sins who hastens with his feet. If only we would take this principle to heart.
When we have been given a difficult task to do or have a difficult situation to resolve, the worst thing to do is act hastily. Stop first to pray and then run your plans by a man or woman of wisdom.
Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
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