Notes from the Journey with David – 96

6. My son, who is of my own flesh, is trying to take my life. How much more this Benjamite (2 Samuel 16:11).
Maintaining right perspective is one of the greatest challenges for a leader. Here David processes the cursings of Shimei with a greater understanding than the moment. One of his men wants to kill Shimei, but David responds with an awareness of the true situation. He even thinks that perhaps God has given Shimei these words of cursing. Now some might see David’s depression at his loss and his own unwillingness to stand up for himself. But David is seeing things as they truly are. Why would he expect the household of Saul to bless him now? By maintaining his perspective, David is able to properly discern this moment and not vent his anger and disappointment in the wrong direction.

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