In life the question ‘why?’ is probably the biggest barrier to spiritual and emotional growth; there is simply no satisfying answer to it. WHY stops spiritual progress whereas WHAT moves it along.
In today’s reading, King David returns to the city to resume his reign as King. We see that when the king returns, many things happen.
God gave Israel step-by-step instructions and yet they chose to do things their way. But that is not just what we see in today’s text, that is also what we see in today’s world and sadly often in our lives today.
Notice the contrast between David and Shimei – one chose mercy the other chose harm. David could have responded to Shimei in anger and frustration… but he didn’t.
Absalom lived in the same town as his father, the king, and yet never saw his face. How does this happen? Does this mean that Absalom never attended any family functions? Does this mean the son would go out of his way to avoid the presence of the king or perhaps vice versa?
Why is it that God has blessed some people with special talents, and they’re not being used? It was Jesus himself who provided us with this answer when He said, “the enemy comes to kill, to steal, and to destroy.”