The Hardest Fight

2 Samuel 15:1-14

After a tumultuous series of events (2 Samuel 13-14), King David’s relationship with his son Absalom is severely strained. Absalom begins a campaign to win the people’s hearts over to him and away from his father David.

David was a man of war and had been all of his adult life.  Many times in the past, David trusted the Lord to get him through some tough situations. He knew his God could overcome it all and he trusted Him.  He stayed strong against foreigners battling against his people and his country, against his own king trying to kill him, against enemies much larger than himself, because he trusted God for the victory.

Yet, his family, his own son, quietly steals his own people from him and he runs. Enemies great and small could not shake him, but he could not confront his own son.

Isn’t that the truth for all of us? It is for me. It seems easier to trust God when I’m up against the government, the culture at large, or some rabidly pro-choice stranger on the street than it is to stand up to family and friends. Rather than stay and face an argument with someone close to me, I sense the coming opposition and avoid the conversation altogether. While I’m mentally running, my conviction is being stolen without a fight.

It is so much easier to face a stranger and stand up for what I believe. It is much harder to oppose someone close to me.

God, give grace to those we must confront and allow us reconciliation. And, Lord, if they will not be reconciled, give us strength to stand among the ruins of relationships strained by broken-hearted conviction. Either way, Lord help me stand and not run.

Matthew 10: 34-39

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household’.

He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take up his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”