TUESDAY, MARCH 27
Scripture: 2 Samuel 18:9-13
2 Samuel 18:9-13 says, “Then Absalom met the servants of David. Absalom rode on a mule. The mule went under the thick boughs of a great terebinth tree, and his head caught in the terebinth; so he was left hanging between heaven and earth. And the mule which was under him went on. Now a certain man saw it and told Joab, and said, ‘I just saw Absalom hanging in a terebinth tree!’ So Joab said to the man who told him, ‘You just saw him! And why did you not strike him there to the ground I would have given you ten shekels of silver and a belt.’ But the man said to Joab, ‘Though I were to receive a thousand shekels of silver in my hand, I would not raise my hand against the king’s son. For in our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, saying, “Beware lest anyone touch the young man Absalom!” Otherwise I would have dealt falsely against my own life. For there is nothing hidden from the king, and you yourself would have set yourself against me.’” Now David had the father-heart of mercy toward his son Absalom but that was overruled by the guidance and plan of the Holy Spirit. We have a covenant that is written in Blood and is guaranteed, God intervened in David’s crisis with His higher purposes. Seeing this truth gives us understanding, wisdom and insight into how to walk out the last days. We cannot be ruled by our emotions or human reasoning but must ask God in prayer for His ways and purposes to prevail. It is time we understood the full measure of what God wants to do for us. Covenant mercy to David meant death to Absalom. Covenant mercy to us may very well mean death to those who stubbornly and ruthlessly oppose God’s purposes in us and in our nation.