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23/02/2023 - 24/02/2023 All day

"The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations" (Psalms 33:11).

Everyone needs counsel. Yet, can you imagine something as strange as going to someone for advice and his piece of wisdom is - sleep with your father's concubines to overpower him! This is exactly the advice Ahithopel gave to the rebel son Absalom who was desperate for a battle win against his Dad. "Sleep with your father’s concubines whom he left to take care of the palace. Then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself obnoxious to your father, and the hands of everyone with you will be more resolute"        (2 Samuel 16:21).

Absalom mad for victory went ahead and did just that! "So they set up a tent on the palace roof where everyone could see it, and Absalom went in and had sex with his father’s concubines" ( vv 22). Well, to take you ahead this was all for naught. For in the end Absalom was caught up in a battle which he lost and was executed by King David's General Joab.

Something of note here. Though Ahithopel was apparently a highly regarded counselor he had betrayed King David. During Absalom's revolt he deserted David and supported Absalom (2 Samuel 15:12). He was a man full of his ego that when his other advice to pursue David's troops in a rush was not taken up; he felt so insulted that he took his life (2 Samuel 17:23).

There is a simple lesson here. Whom do you seek counsel from? Here is a man whose heart was clearly far from God; but that's where Absalom sought advice. Sometime back King Saul also desperate for battle had sought advice from mediums. Saul then said to his advisers, “Find a woman who is a medium, so I can go and ask her what to do.” (1 Samuel 28:7). Well, just as happened to Absalom, of course he lost!

Be careful where you seek your advice from. In the case of Saul and Absalom they were desperate for victory and that blinded then from going to the right source. But the Lord says: "Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the Lord will stand" (Proverbs 19:21)

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I come to you to seek the right counsel in all my plans, that you may lead me to victory, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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