From the Word of the Day
Abishai, son of Zeruiah, said to the king:
“Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king?
Let me go over, please, and lop off his head.”
But the king replied: “What business is it of mine or of yours,
son of Zeruiah, that he curses?
Suppose the LORD has told him to curse David;
who then will dare to say, ‘Why are you doing this?’”
(2 Samuel 15: 13-14)
Abishai belongs to those admirers of great men who, at times, in order to please the one who is the object of their great esteem, arrive at senseless proposals. Here we are dealing with a grave danger that is facing King David who is pursued by a group of rebellious Israelites who are led by his son Absalom.
David goes up the hill of olives crying and barefoot, while the actions of his father Saul are held against him: so much blood was shed to have power. David himself pays the cost because his son is warring against him. Absalom wants the throne at any cost.
At this crucial moment of David’s drama, Abishai proposes to free him from danger by killing Absalom. David’s answer is deep and disarming, “If Absalom curses me, it is because the Lord has said to him, curse David!” What is most important is what the King immediately adds, “Who then will dare say, ‘Why are you doing this?’”
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder David’s deep submission to God who has forgiven him his grave sins.
Lord, reinforce in me Your Saving Love and do not allow me to question You about what You want or permit in my life.
The Voice of Soren Kierkegaard, Philosopher
Faith is the highest human passion. There are perhaps in every generation many people who do not arrive at it, but no one surpasses it.