Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 25, 2015

“so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel Chapter 16.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+16&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“5 When King David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came out cursing continually as he came.  6 He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were at his right hand and at his left.  7 Thus Shimei said when he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow!  8 The Lord has returned upon you all the bloodshed of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned;  and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom.  And behold, you are taken in your own evil, for you are a man of bloodshed!”

9 Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king?  Let me go over now and  cut off his head.”  10 But the king said, “What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah?  If he curses, and if the Lord has told him, ‘Curse David,’ then who shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’”  11 Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my son who came out from me seeks my life;  how much more now this Benjamite?  Let him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him.  12 Perhaps the Lord will look on my affliction and return good to me instead of his cursing this day.”  13 So David and his men went on the way;  and Shimei went along on the hillside parallel with him and as he went he cursed and cast stones and threw dust at him.  14 The king and all the people who were with him arrived weary and he refreshed himself there.”  2 Samuel 16:5-14.

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David showed humility, perspective, tolerance, patience, and hope in today’s Scripture that proved his faith.

Who thought so much good would come out of this affliction of receiving curses, insults, rocks, and dust?

David showed humility through his words:  “Let him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him.”  Verse 11.

David showed perspective, tolerance, and patience through his words:  “Behold, my son who came out from me seeks my life;  how much more now this Benjamite?”  Verse 11.  In other words, David was saying:  “If I am patient and tolerant dealing with my son Absalom who seeks to kill me, why should I not be patient and tolerant with Shimeir who is not my son and for whom I do not care and who is only doing these little things (curses, insults, rocks, and dust)?!” 

David showed hope through his words:  “Perhaps the Lord will look on my affliction and return good to me instead of his cursing this day.”  Verse 12.

We too are distressed by various trials, and through God’s grace, we too can show humility, perspective, tolerance, patience, and hope that prove our faith.  And, this faith is more precious than gold.

“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter 1:6-9.

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