May 13

2 Samuel 18:19-33; 19:1-43; Psalms 64, 70, 84, 141, 143

Why do some people have the tendency to want to be in the know? Is it that important to be the first with the news? Ahimaaz couldn’t wait to get to David to tell him about the battle that killed Absalom. After begging for permission to go he outran the messenger to get to David first in order to break the story. CNN has nothing on old Ahimaaz.

Finally David is back on the throne. The Jewish nation could be united at last. But did you read what was happening behind the scenes?

He’s my cousin. Oh yeah well my mom was in card club with his mom. Big deal. His sister dated a friend of my neighbor’s uncle. Yeah? I know for a fact he likes catsup on his fries.

STOP!

Do you realize the person who is most impressed with your knowledge is you? I think we need to be careful not to cross the thin line between genuine caring and gossip.

The men of Israel and Judah missed the point. It wasn’t about them. It was about David. It was about a reunited nation.

And what did Ahimaaz get for being the man with the news? Probably just sore feet.

May we get our priorities straight. If sharing what we know edifies, encourages, further’s God’s kingdom then may we tell it all. But if there is a hint of pride, or self-satisfaction may we button up!

Lord, may your children recognize gossip for what it is. May we take a good look at ourselves and check our motives when tempted to share what we think we know about someone else. And may all we do and say glorify you.

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