Good Morning Warrior!
Word for the Day:
(2 Samuel 18:1 - 19:8)
“Conduct Unbecoming a Warrior”
Text: 2 Samuel 19:2
“So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people. For the people heard it said that day, “The king is grieved for his son.”
“Conduct Unbecoming a Warrior,” is on our menu for Breakfast this morning.
God’s Judgement and Victory over the rebellious people led by Absalom was turned into shame; “for the people stole back into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle -
“For the king was grieved for his son.”
Absalom was a traitor, a rebel, and a rapist; and King David’s excessive mourning was Conduct Unbecoming a Warrior.
Excessive mourning is rooted in unbelief and self-indulgence. Joab reminded David of this in verses 5-7. He was expected as a father to privately mourn for the death of his son, but this public excessive display of mourning was unbecoming a King.
This excessive mourning had great influence over the Warriors who fought for him, and turned God’s Victory into a feeling of shame and defeat for those who fought for their King.
The Proper Conduct for the Warrior King is to be grateful for the loyalty and sacrifice of their fellow Warriors in defeating the enemies of the Kingdom of God, Together!
Paul warned the Thessalonian Warriors of this excessive mourning also:
“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.” (1Thess.4:13).
We do not grieve in unbelief as those unbelievers who have no hope. We are anticipating our Eternal Reunion with our loved ones in heaven waiting for us to arrive!
Excessive Grieving is Conduct Unbecoming a Warrior, because our grief is short-term, and our Eternal Reunion is FOREVER! Oooooh Rah!
Warrior at your side,
Jesus and Billy