A Meditation: On 2 Samuel 17:8-10 // You Father Is Expert In War //

by Matheus Yuhlung

“Hushai said, “You know that your father and his men are mighty men, and that they are enraged, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. Besides, your father is expert in war; he will not spend the night with the people. Behold, even now he has hidden himself in one of the pits or in some other place. And as soon as some of the people fall at the first attack, whoever hears it will say, ‘There has been a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom.’ Then even the valiant man, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will utterly melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and that those who are with him are valiant men” – 2 Samuel 17:8-10

I’m a believer of good works. I know work cannot buy salvation; I’d be a fool to think so. But I also do not agree with the kind of grace that hyper grace preachers are preaching these days. It is true good works cannot save you. But I believe that the very fact that salvation is free is worth enough to do good work for it. (I’ll like to write on it some other day).

Truth is, there exists a realm or proximity of grace. Consider the prodigal son, he was in peace only when he returned to his father’s household. Hence, if you are living your life inconsistent with the word of God you are outside this realm of grace; not that God cannot save you but because you are choosing not to be saved. And in this case free will exists.

Absalom was planning an attack on David later Hushai advices him not to do so – because David was a warrior and he has been trained to fight all his life. Absalom and his men could have never defeated him. In the same vein, if we start off each day well prepared, wearing the armor of God and train ourselves with the word of God daily what evil can ever harm you?

Though there are no foolproof remedies against the schemes of the evil one while we breathe on this earth. But if we abide in Him and live by His words and learn to cast all our cares on Him; there would be lesser pains and miseries in facing trails and temptations and unnecessary pains and heartbreaks. Maybe that is why the old hymn goes O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear.[1]

Have you ever thought of it in that way?

[1] What a friend we have in Jesus

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