Unpredictably Predictable, Part 2 -- By Suresh Manoharan

Oh, we began with Jim Thorpe, the ultimate Olympic athlete of his generation who had to contend with the fickle Olympic authorities of his times. Continuing our Series on mood swings of the people which resemble a swinging pendulum, we come to yet another incident in the Scripture:

From a Shepherd to a Scapegoat ...

Now for the woes of a man of God's own heart ...

"David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him ..." (I Samuel 30:6).

David and his faithful (?) men after an incomplete military expedition had just arrived home (Ziklag, where David was in hiding, as King Saul was hunting for his life) only to find that their perpetual enemies-Amalekites- in their absence had raided their town, looted their property and carried off their wives and children. This experience was a shock for David with a capital "S" ... now his problems were being compounded as his men, whom he had so faithfully led as a good shepherd for some years now were making him a scapegoat for all this mess.

I reiterate, times have not changed as fickle human mentality has not changed. "This daughter-in-law of ours has brought ill-fortune to our family" ... so goes the refrain in some nominal Christian circles…if a tragedy were to befall a family, despite no fault of that innocent daughter-in-law. How silly!

To complete the David story ... this exemplary Leader of men did in this moment of crisis, what great men of faith had always done ... depended on the Lord to solve their knotty problems ... "But David found strength in the LORD his God" (vs 6). Once He depended on the Lord, things started falling into place ... one by one ... so much so towards the end of that same chapter, we find David and his men rescuing their families from the kidnappers. Say Pastor are you sick and tired of some of your fickle flock? Draw patience from our Patient God (Heb 12:3-4) ... like David did! Say Child of God are you a bit depressed by inconsistent people around you, look unto the UNCHANGING ONE and be encouraged. Consistent Christian life and ministry is one which is not influenced by "the stupidity or cupidity" of people but is the one which looks for approval from the ever-consistent ONE!

Prayer: Father, how we rejoice in Thy consistent love despite being disappointed by even our close kith and kin sometimes. Help us to flesh out a consistent Christian life at all times. In Jesus' Name.

Suresh Manoharan

J and SM Ministries

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