Ever try to do something nice and it get misinterpreted? Ever have someone take what you had planned for good and twist it? Ever done something out of a good heart and then it be received poorly? Make sure you have good friends and advisors, for they can take something that should have been good and twist it and get you into a position where you are in trouble. Consider your heart! Consider their heart! What perspective will you look into it with?
Imagine if you ran into a situation like David did…
1It came about after this that the king of the children of Ammon died, and his son Hanun reigned in his place. 2Then David thought, “Let me show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent word by the hand of his servants to comfort him concerning his father. But when David’s servants arrived at the land of the children of Ammon, 3the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think that David is really honoring your father because he has sent consolers to you? Has not David sent his servants to you in order to explore the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it?” 4So Hanun seized David’s servants, shaved off one side of their beards, cut off their garments in the middle at their buttocks, and sent them away. 5When they informed David, he sent word to meet them, for the men were greatly humiliated. The king said, “Stay in Jericho until your beards grow, then return.” 6Now when the children of Ammon saw that they had become a stench to David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Arameans of Beth-Rehob and the Arameans of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, plus 12,000 men from Tob. 7When David heard about it, he sent Joab and the whole army—the mighty warriors. 8The children of Ammon came out and lined up in battle array at the entrance of the gate, while the Arameans of Zobah and Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the field. 9When Joab saw that there was a battle line against him front and rear, he chose of all the best troops of Israel and arrayed them against the Arameans, 10but the rest of the troops he committed to the command of his brother Abishai, and he arrayed them against the children of Ammon. 11Then he said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you will help me, but if the children of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come to help you. 12Chazak! And let us take courage for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God, and may Adonai do what is good in His eyes.” 13So Joab and the troops with him advanced to battle against the Arameans—and they fled before him. 14When the children of Ammon saw that the Arameans had fled, they likewise fled before Abishai and withdrew into the city. Then Joab returned from assaulting the children of Ammon, and went to Jerusalem. 15When the Arameans saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they regrouped. 16Hadadezer sent word and brought out the Arameans from across the River, and they came to Helam, with Hadadezer’s army commander Shobach before them. 17When David was told, he gathered all Israel together, crossed the Jordan and went to Helam. The Arameans arrayed their lines against David and fought him. 18But the Arameans fled before Israel—David killed 700 charioteers of the Arameans and 40,000 horsemen, and struck down Shobach the commander of their army, so he died there. 19When the vassal kings of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and became servants to them. Then the Arameans were afraid to help the children of Ammon anymore.
–from 2 Samuel 10
You want to show support! You want to show sympathy! You want to show love!
It gets twisted and turned upside down and then the issue escalates…
Defeating the Ammonites
1Now in the course of time Nachash king of the Ammonites died and his son became king in his place. 2David said: “l will show lovingkindness to Hanun son of Nahash, because his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent messengers to console him concerning his father. But when David’s emissaries came to Hanun in the land of the Ammonites to console him, 3the Ammonite officials said to Hanun, “Do you really think that David is honoring your father, by sending messengers to express sympathy? Have not his servants come to you to explore and spy out the country to overthrow it?” 4So Hanun took David’s emissaries and shaved them. He cut off their garments in the middle at the buttocks and sent them away. 5When some people came and told David about the men, he sent messengers to meet them for the men were throughly humiliated. The king said: “Stay in Jericho until your beards grow and then return.” 6When the children of Ammon realized they had made themselves a stench to David, Hanun and the Ammonites sent 1,000 talents of silver to hire chariots and charioteers from Aram-naharaim , Aram-maacah and Zobah. 7So they hired 32,000 chariots along with the king of Maacah and his people, who came and camped before Medeba. The children of Ammon also assembled from their cities and moved out to the battle. 8On hearing this, David sent Joab and the entire army of mighty men. 9The children of Ammon came out and took up battle formation at the city gate, while the kings who had come were by themselves in the field. 10When Joab saw that there was a battle line against him both in front and rear, he selected some of Israel’s best men and deployed them against the Arameans. 11He put the rest of the people under the command of his brother Abishai, and arrayed them against the Ammonites. 12He said: “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you will help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will help you. 13Chazak! Take courage for the sake of our people and the cities of our God! Adonai will do what is good in His eyes.” 14So Joab and the people who were with him advanced to battle against the Arameans, and they fled before him. 15When the Ammonites saw that the Arameans had fled, they likewise fled before his brother Abishai and withdrew into the city. Then Joab went to Jerusalem. 16After the Arameans saw that they had been routed by Israel, they sent messengers and had the Arameans brought from across the River with Shophah the commander of Hadadezer’s army leading them. 17When David was informed he gathered all Israel and crossed the Jordan. He came against them and took up positions against them. David took up positions against the Arameans in battle and they fought with him. 18But the Arameans fled before Israel. David killed 7,000 Aramean charioteers and 40,000 infantrymen. He also killed Shophah the commander of the army. 19Now when Hadadezer’s vassals saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with David and served him. Thus the Arameans were no longer willing to help the Ammonites.
–from 1 Chronicles 19
The battle belongs to the Lord! So walk in align with Him!
Clearing Out the Giants
1At the turn of the year, the season when kings go out to war, Joab led out the army and devastated the land of the Ammonites. He went and besieged Rabbah, while David remained in Jerusalem. Joab smote Rabbah and left it in ruins. 2David took the crown from the head of their king—its weight was found to be a talent of gold and it was set with precious stones—and it was placed on David’s head. He took a vast amount of spoils from the city. 3Furthermore, he removed the people who were in it and set them to work with saws, sharp iron tools and axes. Thus he did to all the Ammonite cities. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem. 4Now it came about after this, that war broke out with the Philistines at Gezer. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Sippai, one of the descendants of the Rephaim, and they were subdued. 5Again there was war with the Philistines, and Elhanan the son of Jair killed Lahmi, the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear had a shaft like a weaver’s beam. 6Once again there was a battle at Gath, where there was a man of great stature who had 24 fingers and toes, six on each hand and six on each foot. He too also descended from the giants. 7When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, struck him down. 8These were descendants of the giants in Gath; they fell by the hand of David and his servants.
–from 1 Chronicles 20
Turn to God! Let Him be your guide! Let Him be your savior! Let Him be your protector! Let Him be the one who guides your every step. Stick to His loving kindness!
His Chesed and His Wonders
1Praise Adonai, for He is good, for His lovingkindness endures forever. 2Let the redeemed of Adonai say so— whom He redeemed from the hand of the foe, 3whom He gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the sea. 4Some wandered in a desert, a wasteland. They found no way to an inhabited city. 5Hungry and thirsty, their souls ebbed away. 6So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He delivered them out of their troubles. 7Then He led them by a straight way to go to a city where they could live. 8Let them praise Adonai for His mercy and His wonders for the children of men, 9for He satisfies the thirsty soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness. 10Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, prisoners in misery and iron chains, 11for they had defied God’s words, and spurned the counsel of Elyon. 12So He humbled their heart with trouble. They stumbled, and no one was helping. 13So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He delivered them out of their troubles. 14He brought them out of darkness and deep gloom, breaking their chains. 15Let them praise Adonai for His mercy, and His wonders for the children of men, 16for He shattered bronze gates, and broke into pieces iron bars. 17Some became fools because of their rebellious ways, and were afflicted due to their iniquities. 18Their soul abhorred all food, and they drew near the gates of death. 19So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He delivered them out of their troubles. 20He sent His word and healed them, and rescued them from their pits. 21Let them praise Adonai for His mercy, and His wonders for the children of men. 22Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with joyful singing. 23Some go out to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters. 24They saw the works of Adonai, and His wonders in the deep. 25For He spoke and raised a stormy wind, lifting up towering waves. 26They mounted up to the sky and plunged down to the depths. In their peril their souls melted away. 27They reeled and staggered like a drunk, and all their skill was bewildered. 28So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He brought them out of their troubles. 29He stilled the storm to a whisper— the waves were hushed. 30They were glad when it became calm, and He led them to their desired haven. 31Let them praise Adonai for His mercy, and His wonders to the children of men. 32Let them exalt Him in the congregation of the people, and praise Him at the assembly of elders. 33He turns rivers into a wilderness and springs of water into thirsty ground, 34and a fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants. 35He turns a desert into a pool of water, a dry land into springs of water. 36There He brings the hungry to live, and they establish a city for a dwelling. 37So they sow fields and plant vineyards that yield a fruitful harvest. 38He blesses them, they multiply greatly, and He does not let their herds diminish, 39after they were few and crushed by oppression, calamity and sorrow. 40He pours contempt on princes, making them wander in trackless waste. 41But He lifts the needy high above affliction, and makes their families like a flock. 42The upright see it and are glad, and all iniquity shuts its mouth. 43Who is wise? Let him observe these things, and consider Adonai’s lovingkindness.
–from Psalms 107
Allow God’s Spirit in you to shine through! Allow God’s character to radiate from you! Allow God’s love to be shared with everyone you come into contact with! Let Him be glorified in Jesus’ name! Let’s make His good news be known to the world around us!
1Paul, an emissary of Messiah Yeshua through the will of God, according to the promise of life in Messiah Yeshua. 2To Timothy my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and shalom from God the Father and Messiah Yeshua our Lord!
Stir up God’s Charisma in You
3I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my forefathers did, when I continually remember you in my prayers night and day. 4I remember your tears, and I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I recall the genuine faithfulness within you, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure it is within you as well. 6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power and love and self-discipline.
Suffer with Me—for the Good News!
8Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but share in suffering for the Good News according to the power of God. 9He has saved us and called us with a holy calling— not because of our deeds but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Messiah Yeshua before time began, 10but now has been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Messiah Yeshua. Indeed, He nullified the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News. 11For this Good News I was appointed a herald and an emissary and a teacher. 12For this reason I also am suffering these things—but I am not ashamed, for I know in whom I have trusted and I am convinced He is able to safeguard what I have entrusted to Him until that Day. 13Keep the standard of sound words you have heard from me, in the faithfulness and love that are in Messiah Yeshua. 14Guard the good that has been entrusted to you, through the Ruach ha-Kodesh who dwells in us. 15You are aware that everyone in Asia has turned away from me—including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my imprisonment. 17On the contrary, when he was in Rome he zealously searched for me and found me. 18May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord in that day! You know very well how much he served in Ephesus.
–from 2 Timothy 1