Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Graciousness”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!” 2 Samuel 16:7-8 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Watch those words!”
The other day I came across an interesting phrase which I had not heard before: “Avoid not only the words you may have to eat, but the words that may eat you.” It was said in reference to a guy by the name of Shimei, whose words you just read in 2 Samuel 16:7-8. Here’s what was happening:
King David had just been overthrown as king of Israel by his son Absalom and he was now fleeing for his life. As he was trudging along the rural dusty roads leading to his exile, he encountered a man who was a descendant of the old king Saul. His name was Shimei. Shimei hated David because he thought David had stolen the throne from Saul. So now that David himself had been overthrown, Shimei encountered him on the road and began to mock David, shout curses at him, and even throw stones at him.
Okay, so fast forward some short time into the future, to the time that the army loyal to David defeated the army of Absalom, and David was now headed back to Jerusalem to reclaim the throne. Once again he would be the king over all of Israel (and the king over Shimei). So in 2 Samuel 19:19-20 Shimei, realizing that he was in pretty deep do-do, hustled out to meet the returning King David and he begged the king’s forgiveness. In this case Shimei had to eat his words. Lucky for him David was gracious and forgave him, but as punishment David placed certain restrictions on where and how Shimei could live for the rest of his life.
Now fast-forward again, this time to 1 Kings 2:8-9 and we find that David, now very old and approaching death, has passed the kingship to his son Solomon. Shimei, evidently thinking he was now free and clear because David was no longer king, violated the terms of his agreement with David. He no longer adhered to the restrictions David had placed upon him. Hearing of this, Solomon had Shimei arrested and executed. Therefore, ultimately, eventually, Sheimei’s foolish words from all those years earlier ended up eating him.
An important part of being a gracious person is found in how we speak. It matters what you say, how you say it, and who you say it too. Foolish words – words that should not be spoken, often have a way of coming back and biting us. Sometimes you will have to eat those words, and sometimes those words will eat you.
Gracious people speak in gracious ways – all the time. So, watch those words!