2 Samuel 19:1-23
Grief is a strong emotion. It can cause us to do the unthinkable. David is suffering grief after the loss of Absalom. Absalom tried to oust David from the throne but died in his attempt. Though his son had conspired against him David’s heart broke for Absalom.
David’s grief took him to a place where he lost sight of his duties as king and jeopardized the safety and welfare of his people. Joab could see that David had given himself totally to his grief and was derelict in his duties as king. Joab could see that David needed to gain his composure and he stepped in.
Even in the mist of overwhelming grief or obstacles, we often have duties that must be accomplished not only for our own sake but perhaps for others. It is at these times that we all could use a Joab to stir us back to reality. The grief will continue or the obstacles may remain but we all need someone as loyal as Joab to be brave enough to step in at their own peril to help do the work God has ordained for us.
Prayer: Father, stir us from our selves for your sake. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carlin Ours, Pastor of Organ Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.