Blow The Trumpet And Let The Guide – CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Saturday, May 29, 2021
TOPIC: BLOW THE TRUMPET AND LET THE WAR CEASE!
Read 2 Samuel 2:24-29:
24 Joab and Abishai also pursued Abner. And the sun was going down when they came to the hill of Ammah, which is before Giah by the road to the Wilderness of Gibeon.
25 Now the children of Benjamin gathered together behind Abner and became a unit, and took their stand on top of a hill.
26 Then Abner called to Joab and said, “Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that it will be bitter in the latter end? How long will it be then until you tell the people to return from pursuing their brethren?”
27 And Joab said, “ As God lives, unless you had spoken, surely then by morning all the people would have given up pursuing their brethren.”
28 So Joab blew a trumpet; and all the people stood still and did not pursue Israel anymore, nor did they fight anymore.
29 Then Abner and his men went on all that night through the plain, crossed over the Jordan, and went through all Bithron; and they came to Mahanaim.
So Joab blew a trumpet; and all the people stood still and did not pursue Israel anymore, nor did they fight anymore (2 Samuel 2:28)
God commanded the Israelites to have different kinds of trumpets: for call to battle; for calling off battle; for feasts (Num. 10:7-10). Joab’s character was a strange mixture. He was a ruthless man, and an opportunist. He whose name implies that Yahweh is his father was on many occaslons a man of blood! Yet, he was magnanimous, sometimes. He was as a peacemaker, reconciling David and Absalom on one occasion, and in our text, responded positively to Abner’s offer (2 Sam. 2:27-28).
Are you a Joab? Don’t delay, lest thousands of men and women may die. Lots of thoughts of progress, peace, prosperity could become casualties. A pastor said that Jesus once gave him an appointment in a vision. But on getting to the place on the day of appointment, he was refused; Jesus said he was not ready to see people like him. ‘Why?’ He queried. The gate keeper told him, “The Lord is not ready to attend to anyone who holds grudge against his brother, not forgiving him.” Suddenly, the man who had offended him but he had refused to forgive, despite that the man had severally apologised to him, even sending an elderly person to him, appeared beside him, and a very heavy burden came on him. Immediately, he woke up, he searched for the man to reconcile with him.
The God we serve is called ‘Jehovah Shalom,’ ‘the Lord our Peace.’ Jesus is called ‘The Prince of Peace.’ Nothing delights our God like when we serve as ‘peacemakers’ (Matt. 5:9). It is not a sign of weakness when you blow the trumpet, but a sign of maturity. Is there anyone who is mature enough to blow this trumpet today and let war cease in our homes, churches, workplaces, marketplaces, etc.?
- Lord, create in me a clean heart and renew the right spirit within me.
- Lord, forgive me for harbouring malice/bitterness in my heart against others.
- Pray that God should raise peacemakers and make us parts of these who would blow the trumpet of peace to cease hostilities in homes, churches, workplaces, etc.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
1 Kings 21:21 – 22:53, 2 Kings 1:1 – 1:2; John 8:20 – 8:41
Author: CAC WORLDWIDE