The king also himself passed over the brook Kidron
(2 Samuel 15:23)
I read this verse a few days ago in a daily reading from Spurgeon and I make no apologies for using the verse and some of the thoughts from what I read.
It has been a week with a great deal of sadness for many of us and this verse comes from a story of great sadness - David fleeing for his life when Absalom usurped his throne. He left, weeping, and crossed the brook which was filled with all the waste from the city of Jerusalem. Centuries later, the Lord Jesus crossed that same brook on His way to Calvary. He was being driven out too, and around Him was all the sin of a world that was rejecting Him.
It was a time of grief and sadness in both of these situations, and we are told very clearly in the Bible that for us, too, there will be tribulation and grief in this world. What do we do at times like this? Where do we go?
In the story of David we read these words spoken by one of his followers, Ittai -
‘I vow by the Lord ....that I will go wherever my Lord the king goes, no matter what happens - whether it means life or death’. (2 Sam. 15:21)
Our path is to follow the King. He knows the road of pain and sorrow - He has walked that road Himself and will walk it with us in the times of our pain and sorrow. Put your hand in His hand and He will lead you through.
And remember, David came back in triumph to Jerusalem. Jesus came back in triumph from Calvary. And He will return again, in triumph, to take us with Him to our eternal home. And between now and that day He will comes to us many times in triumph to lift us up out of whatever sadness and difficulty tries to engulf us on our way.
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