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Sticks and Stones

In 2 Samuel 16: 5-13, King David was going through a rough spot. While David repented of his past sin, he still faced the inevitable consequences of it. His son Absalom rebelled against him and took the throne of Israel from him. And in this passage, David is riding to Bahurim, being cursed the entire way by Shimei, a member of Saul’s household.

David’s men wanted to decapitate Shimei, but David stops them, seeing his tormentor as sent by God. “If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’” he says.

David knew he was being tested. He knew he was facing down the consequences of his sin. He knew God sent this man or allowed this man to taunt and throw rocks at him. He knew he would have to endure the momentary humiliation, agitation and physical pain to make it through.

Perhaps you are on your own road to Bahurim, a period of trial and discouragement. God is with you every step of the way, urging you on, leading you forward through the barrage. Remember, just as David and his companions received rest at the end of their journey, so will you.

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