7/16/22

Good morning!

Text: 1 Chronicles 18-20; Song of Solomon 2
As 1 Chronicles 19 opens, we read how David decided to send friendly envoys to a man named Hanun, the son of the recently deceased king of the Ammonites.  Hanun’s princes convinced him that David’s men had evil intent, so Hanun humiliates them:

So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved them and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away (1 Chronicles 19:4)

What a foolish move!  David is displeased, war ensues and the Ammonites get humiliated in battle.
Have you ever thought that someone was being mean, sneaky or deceitful and later discovered that they meant well?  I have… recently. I once had a boss that taught that, when there is trouble in a relationship, it is usually wisest to assume good will with ineptitude rather than malice and cunning. Another recent teaching I heard was that when someone is not meeting your expectations, it is possible that rather than being wicked, they are actually pure of heart but limited, and doing the best they can.   Next time you are in a misunderstanding or conflict, remember this story.  Give the other party the benefit of the doubt.  Ask yourself, “Is there another way of looking at this?”  It beats sending them packing, bare-bottomed.
in Him, Mike