Resilience in the face of Adversity

“And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.”

2 Samuel 15:23

This portion of scripture is quite like in the middle of a wonderful story. Let me take you back to the beginning, so as you can appreciate what led to the event.

The bible tells us David becomes king as the Lord had spoken and then he has children. One day, one of his sons called Amnon tricks his stepsister Tamar. He pretends to be sick, asks for her to come and look after him and then rapes her. Her brother Absalom gets to know what happened, and he waits to see what David would do to his brother Amnon who has raped his sister. The scripture tells us that David was angry but did nothing about it. For years, Absalom keeps watching Amnon and the bible says he said neither bad nor good about him. So, one day he makes a plot, gets Amnon drunk and kills him and thereafter flees. He is then in hiding for so long. But beyond David’s anger, there was a father who was willing again to let go of even Absalom’s killing of his brother; and the story tells us one day he brings the boy back to the kingdom through a ‘widow’.

From the 15th chapter of 2 Samuel, when Absalom is restored in Israel, he rises up early, stands by the way of the gate and starts to win the hearts of the people (those that had a case and came to the king for judgement). After some years, Absalom comes to the king and says, “I pray to you to let me go to Hebron because I promised God when I was still in hiding in Geshur, that when I return to Jerusalem I will go pay my respects, build an altar and worship God in Hebron.” And David blesses him to go in peace. But what David didn’t know was that Absalom was planning to take over his throne. Absalom’s anger had extended from the vengeance he had towards Amnon to the man who had done nothing for the rape of his sister. So, Absalom goes to Hebron, gets an army and tells them that “when the trumpet is blown, start screaming that Absalom is king in Hebron.” Absalom also sends for Ahithophel (David’s counsellor) and forms a strong conspiracy with him.

Story tells us that word comes to David about his son’s motives. So, David flees with the people through the city. He moves along with his household, Ittai the Gittite, the priest Abiathar and Zadok etc. This brings us to the portion of scripture from whence we started reading.

We have seen the betrayal of his son, his people (Israel) and the last straw when his own man of counsel [Ahithophel], the man who counselled him for years, left him. In fact, biblical scholars tell us that is why David wrote Psalms 55:12-13; –

For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance

>>>Fast forward>>> 2 Samuel 15:23; – “And the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron….” There was something about the brook of Kidron for the writer to find it remarkable enough to emphasize that the king himself also passes over – this wasn’t a usual place the king was expected to pass. The literal word brook is valley and Kidron darkness. So, brook Kidron = valley of darkness. Kidron was the valley between Jerusalem and the mount of Olives; it was a receptacle of all manner of uncleanness (2 chronicles 29:16) and a graveyard of common people (2 kings 23:6).

Picture this; – What would a man from a far think about David’s situation? His God has left him, not so? Cause imagine all these issues going on with David and then he also passes thru the brook Kidron. Anyways, thousands of years later, we see his descendant Jesus going forth with his disciples over the brook Kidron (John 18:1). The one that had sinned and the one who knew no sin, both pass through the same brook.

Nugget: There are situations you’ll go through, whether you are a man of God or not. The brook Kidron is no respecter of persons.

MYSTERY: – It’s amazing how the bible gives us 3 names when David is crossing the brook Kidron. The first name is Ittai which means ‘with’ i.e. to be with someone and then Abiathar which speaks of the father which is great. Zadok means he that imputeth righteousness. It is almost as though these three figures of men around a man going through the brook of Kidron is saying the Great father with me imputes righteousness on me! woooow.

Nugget: It’s one thing to go through difficult situations but it’s another when you certainly know that the Lord is with you.

With David’s experience you would think the Lord had left him, but David was not thinking like that. In fact, it’s in such a season when he writes Psalms 23; – “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want [this is the man going through the brook Kidron; this is deep!!!]. Imagine David is going through darkness while weeping, but he says, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” [wooooow look at that attitude! Regardless of what he’s going through, it doesn’t kill what he’s feeling]

Nugget: Even when you are weeping, confess right! No circumstance should cause you to drive your eyes from what God is doing to what is happening at that present hour. Fix your eyes on what He is doing!  Regardless of what you go through, get the attitude of the man after God’s own heart!

The scripture says that when the team of Absalom comes to attack that day more than 20,000 men were killed. And the wood killed more men than the sword (2 Samuel 18:8), that means God was in there. And the same people who see David in the brook see him coming back as king.

Nugget: No matter what your Kidron is [It could be in a job, education, weakness of your flesh etc.], you will go over it! You’re not staying there!

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” [Psalms 27:13-14].

Wait on the Lord Friends!! Do not faint! ❤ ❤


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May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD the God of Israel, under who’s words you have come to take refuge — Ruth 2: 12

Have you ever wondered WHY in some bible stories, God had asked the people to give what little they had to HIM? This so captured my heart today…

And it ALL began with a stranger’s outrageous request….

Picture this:- When the widow of Zarephath (which actually means ‘a smelting place’) went out to pick sticks for her last meal, she had no idea of the incredible turn of events her life would take. And it ALL began with a stranger’s seemingly outrageous request, followed by an act of obedience — The widow Zarephath had only a handful of flour and a little oil that she had to make a cake for the Prophet Elijah. And…

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How do you define you?

It’s my first Blog Post!!💃🏿💃🏿 Hip Hip Hooray!!!🤸🏿‍♀️🤸🏿‍♀️💃🏿 Can you imagine it took me a fortnight after creating my blog to get the courage to write? Ha ha ha … Anyways, fast forward through the many attempts, here I am 😉

So being my first blog, I thought it wise to share my perspective on identity as you’ll either live up to or live down to whatever you believe to be true of who you are. I love to define my identity from a biblical angle – I am who the Word of God says I am. I am a masterpiece! I am Redeemed, chosen, adopted and qualified! I am a vessel of hope!!! I am invincible! I birth destinies! Priscilla Shirer puts it as; –

Other people are qualified to name you, and circumstances, they may have made things difficult for you but they actually ain’t powerful enough to define you! Your history may have marked you, but it is not authorized to label you! You are not defined by your past! You are not defined by your behavior! You are not defined by your failures! You are not defined by your struggles! You are not defined by your fears! YOU ARE WHO GOD SAYS YOU ARE! POINT BLANK! PERIOD!”

Personally, I have learnt to meditate and reaffirm His words over my life and circumstances. Every time I read the Word of God, I behold as in a mirror my true self and speak the things that were not as if they were! And I kid you not, it’s working wonders for me.

Nugget: Get a hold of the engrafted Word of God and be ye a poet of it! Make something out of the Word! Don’t just hear it and let it be, nooooooo!!! create something out of it! Operate, behave and think with alignment to your new identity in Christ!

How do you define you? Please leave me a comment or two. I would love to know your views ❤️ 🙂

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