Whatever It Takes

“Return to Jerusalem and tell Absalom, ‘I will now be your adviser, O King, just as I was your father’s adviser in the past.’ Then you can frustrate and counter Ahithophel’s advice.”  —  2 Samuel 15:34

When Brian Johnson caught Cal Ripkin Jr.’s home run in the game that broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak, he knew that he could have sole the ball for thousands of dollars. Instead he gave it to Ripken saying, “It will mean more to you and to your kids than anything I could have gotten out of it.”

Doing the right thing means not always doing the easy thing. Doing the best thing means not always doing the comfortable thing. Hushai certainly understood that.

Hushai, the Archite, was a friend and wise counselor of King David. When David’s son Absalom revolted against his father, David had to flee from Jerusalem. At first, Hushai accompanied David, but when news came that Ahithophel, David’s other adviser, had switched loyalties and was siding with Absalom, David asked Hushai to do something difficult and dangerous.

David instructed Hushai to return to the city, feign loyalty to his rebellious son, and act as a secret informant to the king. Hushai preferred to remain with David, but he knew that sometimes doing the right thing means doing the uncomfortable thing. Hushai provided reliable intelligence on the plans of Absalom and counseled the son in ways that benefited the father.

Sometimes God prompts us to do things we would prefer not to do. It might mean befriending an unfriendly neighbor or mentoring a teenager who has no positive influence in his or her life. For you, this may not always be the comfortable thing, but it’s the right thing.

In these trying times in which we live, we must be responsive to God’s promptings. We must be willing to invade Satan’s camp to serve our King. We must be willing to do whatever it takes to bring glory to God and to bring others to Him!


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