They Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!


2 Samuel 10:4

So Hanun seized David’s envoys, shaved off half of each man’s beard, cut off their garments at the buttocks, and sent them away.


Hanun was the son of King Nahash, the king of the Ammonites. Nahash, now dead, was remembered by King David as having been kind to David. So David sent an envoy of his best men to show their sympathy to Hanun at the passing of his father. Once there, Hanun’s associates said that David had only sent these men to spy out the land. So Hanun had their beards half shaved off, and their garments were cut off up to the men’s backsides, and they were sent home. Whenever I read this story, my first thought is, “They Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That.”


Have you ever done something that was so dumb that you knew nothing good was going to come of it? I know I have. So many losing propositions in the Bible were accomplished by young men raised in good surroundings. Eli, the priest of Israel’s, sons each had a very high position because of their father’s rank. But they ended up squandering the opportunity and committed terrible acts in the temple itself. Rehoboam, the son of King Solomon, was such an idiot that the nation of Israel split in two under his reign of foolishness. And then this story of Hanun. How could this young king not know the character of King David? His own father loved David and showed him kindness. Yet when it came to true nobility, Hanun had none. As a young man, I asked the Lord to help me. There have been times I’ve failed, but not often have people had to say, “Rich, You Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That.” When Jesus is invited into your decisions, you make better decisions.


Dear Jesus,

Once again, this AM, like always, I’m asking You to help me with each one of the decisions I have to make today. Help me put You first in everything I do. Amen

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