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2 Samuel 16:9
Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.”
These are the words of one of King David’s fierce young warriors, Abishai. David had been forced out of Jerusalem by his own son, Absalom, who had split his father’s kingdom and now had his dad on the run. While David and what was left of his army were running from Jerusalem for their lives, a man from the clan of Saul’s family, by the name of Shimei, came out and cursed David and threw stones at him and his entourage. Abishai wanted to behead him and certainly could have. Yet here we see the pastoral side of King David. Later he said to Abishai, “Hey, my own son is trying to kill me, let this man go.”
Of course, the young warrior backed off. In time, David was victorious. His son Absalom was killed in the battle, and when David returned to the throne in Jerusalem, Shimei raced and fell at his feet, begging forgiveness. David forgave him and said, “I will not kill you as long as I live.” David kept his word. This is the way an aging leader often responds. “A Youthful Response” is often myopic in its view of the big picture. “A Youthful Response” often asks how this matter can be done away with quickly. On the other hand, the loving pastoral approach says, “We’ve got bigger fish to fry than dealing harshly with someone who is upset.” It’s easy for me to make this call at this point in my life. I get that, but age has certainly made me stop and think things through much more than in my early years when all I had to offer was “A Youthful Response.”
This AM, I’m reminded that I can no longer run a sprint or defeat an aggressive foe physically, but age has been a blessing to me. I now fight my biggest battles with knowledge, wisdom, and experience. I seldom had these qualities as a young man. I have You to thank for that. Amen