When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And Shimei said as he cursed, "Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! The LORD has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood."
I’ve been missing my dad this week. One of my favorite times with him was talking about spiritual things while gardening. I thought of this again yesterday because some lovely kids helped me put plants in a planter and I always enjoy our conversations about the Lord. (That's their picture above.) Then today I read this passage of scripture. My dad talked about this passage with me many times in various circumstances. It has made a marked impression on my life .
David was misunderstood and as a result cursed by Shimei. If you read what Shimei said, he thought David was the reason Saul and Jonathan were dead, which was wrong. And he thought David was getting what he deserved. Which was also wrong. What do you do when misunderstood? What do you do when people speak evil against you? David’s man wanted to kill the guy. That makes me laugh. But David’s response is amazing. Perhaps God in His providence ordered the guy to curse David. Let him curse. God would someday vindicate David, but for now he would make no response to this evil conduct. There would be quiet submission to the purposes of God.
It’s such a good pattern for us. Remember Jesus? While being reviled, He did not revile in return. While suffering, he uttered no threats.
Are you being cursed by someone today? Perhaps your best response is what looks like no response, but in reality is great response. Quiet submission to the providence of God. Thank you, God for teaching me such important lessons in the scripture and through my dad. Now help me to live it out!
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:21-23
Let them curse, but you will bless! Psalm 109:28
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!