1 Chronicles 19
-David defends the honor of his messengers who went to console the grieving son of Nahash of Ammon, Hanun. However, the princes of the sons of Ammon convinced their ruler that these men were spies sent for an overthrow of their nation. They embarrassed the delegation (1 Chronicles 19:4) and made Israel angry and Ammon became “odious” to David. This led to their alliance with the Arameans with an attack, which came against Israel. Israel prevailed mightily in this conflict. Here is the key verse: “Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight (1 Chronicles 19:13).” By the end the Arameans were no longer willing to help their former partners as mercenaries again because of a devastating defeat (1 Chronicles 19:19). *Application* Here is a case of returning evil for good (Proverbs 17:13) and having a suspicious heart that gets you into trouble. Here’s a better principle: “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people (1 Thessalonians 5:15).” We need to view people with the best of intentions whenever possible. Until it is abundantly apparent that flattery or cunning is for certain, it is best practice to be appreciative of others good will towards you. They are more than likely trying to help you and comfort you as in the case of David’s nation. David rightfully got irritated with these that turned his good will away, and that started a serious conflict because Ammon escalated tensions by bringing in another ally. This is how evil increases. It is a buildup of ill will toward opposing parties. Instead we should aim at peacemaking and being diplomatic as much as possible under the direction of the LORD in love (Matthew 5:9). When the time comes and we are vehemently attacked, as Israel was, it is imperative that we stand strong and courageous for the sake of our Christian people, our families, and our God. His will always prevails, and He will do what is good in His sight. The victory will be yours in Christ Jesus.
Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 19:13