Your words can ease the tension
From 2 Samuel: A 5-Week Devotional
Two children grow up in the same home sharing the same environment. They know each other well, so they always get along with each other, right? No. Brothers and sisters are often in competition with each other — aiming to be first, or at least not last, striving to be the “favorite,” fighting to make more decisions than the other. You get the idea. Sometimes, sibling rivalries continue into adulthood and create ongoing family stress.
During David’s time, God’s people were divided into two kingdoms: Israel in the north and Judah in the south. The differences, and rivalries, between the two kingdoms had been building for generations. David’s ancestor Jacob (later named Israel by God) had 12 sons by as many as four mothers. These sons became the “fathers” of the 12 tribes of Israel. Eventually, the 12 family clans began to pull together in two larger opposing groups: the separate kingdoms of Israel and Judah.
In 2 Samuel 19, we find the two kingdoms on the brink of war and bloodshed. Wisdom providing a better next step was needed. The courageous words came from a “wise woman” (2 Samuel 20:16) who worked with the leader of David’s army avoiding widespread destruction. Women were unlikely negotiators at the time of these events in history, but godly wisdom doesn’t care who delivers it.
Think about your relationships. Look for places to give or accept godly wisdom to produce peace and harmony instead of conflict and destruction.
- What “sibling rivalries” do you see in the church or among God’s people today?
- Do you feel you are in competition with other Christians in some way? What causes that feeling?
- What’s one next step you can take today to be like the wise woman and bring peace to a tense situation?