2 Samuel 18:9-17; 1 Kings 2:5; 26-34
So what can we learn from the story of Joab? Joab was the son of Zeruiah, and the commander of King David's army. He was not only a great warrior, but he was also a shrewd politician. He could play both sides against the middle to serve himself.
Joab disobeyed King David's commands on a few occasions. He killed two men, Abner and Amasa, during peace time, and he did not bring Absolom, the king's son, back from battle alive, instead, he killed him. Joab clashed heads with King David over political and personal issues a couple of times. When King David decided to show mercy to someone, Joab was ready to have them killed. Joab was a man who was vengeful, selfish, and looked for ways where he could succeed in the kingdom. This sounds a lot like some of us in the body of Christ, unfortunately.
Joab also was ready to follow Adonijah, Solomon's older brother, who was trying to take the throne from Solomon. Joab knew that Adonijah should have been next in line to take the throne as the eldest, and he wanted to position himself right under him, but God had for Solomon to rule as Israel's third king.
When King David became old, he told Solomon to kill Joab because of the things he had done years earlier. Solomon did just that.
What can we learn from Joab's service to his king?
2 Samuel 18, 19:1-8 (just a few scriptures).**
"Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions." Proverbs 4:25
Focus on your mission and purpose in this life!
God has given each of us something to do for His kingdom. We have a mission to accomplish for His glory. As you hear about new laws, and new bills being passed, let not your heart be troubled. We were forewarned by the scriptures exactly what we can expect in this dispensation and time. I'd much rather focus all my energy and strength fulfilling the purpose for which I was saved to serve.
Fix your eyes!
By all means, be aware of all that is going on around you, and in your sphere of the world, but don't take your eyes off of Jesus! The noise of the world has a way of making us look to the left and to the right. We are running a race of endurance that can only be run by looking straight ahead at the finish line. Distractions causes us to loose our pace, and our momentum. If our eyes are fixed on the Lord and His word, we will be able to help one another run the race that is set before us.
Things are going to get much worse moving forward!
This is only the beginning of the down hill journey on this earth, but we can trust God to navigate us through! He is our strength, our guide, and our literal salvation. Pray about all you hear and see. Be salt, and be light in the midst of the darkness. Represent Christ wherever you go! Be a soldier that's on a mission who's seeking to get the job done!
These things can be distractions, depending on how we use them!
Keep The Faith!
2 Timothy 3:12
"Yea, and all who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
THE LORD GOD EXPERIENCED AND ENDURED THE FOLLOWING FROM PEOPLE:
On days when you think no one understands, or no one can feel your pain, look up and be reminded that 'Jesus Can'. He knows exactly what it feels like. Who better to comfort us in our time of trial but the Lord God!
Sometimes our greatest challenges, and greatest trials are from the hands of those we know personally. Within the Christian community and without the Christian community, and from your own family members as well, you'll experience some of the same things Christ did! Keep your head up and hold on to the Lord. He will give you the ability to cope, to tolerate, and to navigate through it all.
Remember this, all who suffer with Christ will reign with Christ. It's an honor to be counted worthy to suffer for His name!