Frequently the Lord has taken me back to the story of King David when he was betrayed by his son Absalom.
It was a coup attempt which was temporarily successful.
Although painful, it gave David important insight. Those who were truly with him and those who weren’t. It was invaluable information to which David took heed.
I believe it is what the Lord wants to reveal to us now—and it is important that we also take heed to what He is revealing. There are many who present as for us, but in reality, they are not.
How can we know?
Ezekiel 11 says, “Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the Lord that faces east. There at the entrance of the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people.”
The Lord revealed to Ezekiel who was behind the evil plot against the people of the city. Then as now, the Lord wants to reveal those we can trust and those we cannot.
Too often, we listen to the words that are said. But a truer indicator is actions.
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Many years ago, when I was in a season where a trusted friend betrayed me, I didn’t want to believe it. And for many months I didn’t. I believed the words they said to me, but I should have believed their actions.
Because actions are indicators.
Betrayers can hide their actions to a point, but ultimately, they will reveal who they really are.
When Vice-President Pence refused to delay the certification of the vote, although his words said one thing, his actions said quite another.
The request was for a mere TEN DAYS, to further investigate before a decision was made. And while the Vice President made lots of excuses as to why he couldn’t take that action, they were empty words. He could have allowed for further investigation—but he didn’t.
Whether he was coerced, blackmailed, deceived or part of the plot to remove President Trump is unknown. What we do know is what he did and what he refused to do.
Actions are indicators. We need to pay attention to them.
During the days of Absalom’s coup, we see five types of people—as there are now.
These are always the majority. Those who went with the flow and followed whoever declared themselves king. They just wanted to go along to get along and live their own lives.
2. Out for themselves
Those who chose to follow whoever could help them the most. They did what was expedient for them and would change allegiance from one to another where it benefitted them. Ziba, Mephibosheth’s servant was one of these. He saw an opportunity to undermine his master, and did so for his own gain. He was not to be trusted. (2 Sam 16)
Those who were tricked and at least temporarily supported the coup because they didn’t realize what was really happening. However, after the deception was revealed and defeated, they were very afraid because they found themselves with the wrong group and ran (2 Sam 15:11).
Those who knew EXACTLY what they were doing and were intent on taking over the kingdom. They were willing to lie, steal, kill and destroy to do it. Their actions tell us all we need to know about who was behind it. Steal. Kill. Destroy.
Betrayal goes back to the original sin. Satan, full of pride, betrayed God Almighty by lying to stir offense to stage a coup and steal the kingdom. Then as now, It. Won’t. Work. (2 Sam 15:10).
5. The Loyal ones
Those who stood faithfully, knowing that in doing so, it could cost them dearly. The people who remained faithful to David, the rightful king, didn’t know if or when he might return to leadership.
It was a great cost and their own peril to remain faithful.
Our nation was forged upon the latter. Those who had insight and were willing to courageously stand, knowing it could cost them dearly, and yet willing to pay the price.
Which group do you fall in? Do you have insight to stand fast in these tumultuous days? Because the storm is not yet over and in fact will get worse before it gets better. This is about discernment and the ability to not allow ourselves to be tossed about by every wind and wave.
Immediately after Absalom was defeated, there was still great division in the land. Although David tried to bring the nation together, yet another worthless individual, Sheba, rose up. Because of the people’s offended hearts, Sheba succeeded in gaining a foothold and once again a vast majority of the people followed after an untrue leader.
May we not repeat their folly. Lord give us insight into who are true leaders, who God has established and what He is doing.