Worldly Wisdom: 2 Samuel 17

Let’s bear spiritual fruit with godly wisdom.

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Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 16-18.

Wisdom makes all the difference. In the days before Hurricane Katrina, the people of New Orleans were told to evacuate because of the predicted danger of the storm. Too many people failed to heed the wise counsel, and the result was disastrous. Less than a month later Hurricane Rita stormed ashore in Texas, but the outcome was much better. Almost everyone had evacuated days before it arrived.

King David had an advisor named Ahithophel. He was so wise that people said listening to his advice was as good as hearing from God. Yet when Absalom began his conspiracy to overthrow his father, Ahithophel switched sides and became Absalom’s counselor. It seems a strange choice for such a wise man, but his decision may have been based on vengeance. The Bible suggests that Ahithophel was Bathsheba’s grandfather, and he may have been motivated by bitterness over David’s adultery with his…

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