As he yelled curses, Shimei said, “Leave! Leave! You man of bloodshed, you wicked man! The Lord has punished you for all the spilled blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you rule. Now the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. Disaster has overtaken you, for you are a man of bloodshed!”
2 Samuel 16:7-8 NET
Sometimes, words seem to be powerful and contain the truth, but they are only partially true, causing confusion and discouragement.
Absalom, David’s son, effectively conspired against him. The conspiracy was so big that David had to flee Jerusalem.
During his escape, David’s procession was met by Shimei, who took this occasion to curse David. Shimei said some things that were partially true.
David was a man of bloodshed. He was directly responsible for Urriah the Hittite being killed to hide the fact that he had slept with his wife and she had become pregnant. He paid for that! In fact, the situation that he was currently in was a result of that decision.
But he wasn’t responsible, as Shimei tried to say, for the death of Saul and his family. He didn’t move on becoming the anointed King of Israel until Saul and his son’s died in battle with the Philistines.
When you are in the midst of a bad situation, when things are crazy, confused and unsure, you have to be careful who you listen to!
Don’t allow partial truths to derail what God wants to do. Instead, you have to be confident in the Word of the Lord.
You can’t neglect God’s Word. You have to read it for yourself. You need to meditate on it. Learn the Scriptures and apply it to your life.
Satan tries to give partial truth. He tried to do it with Jesus when He was fasting for 40 days. But Jesus knew what Satan was doing because He knew the Word.
When you know the truth, you can then point out the lie or the partial truth!
Don’t let lies and partial truths cause confusion and uncertainty in your walk with the Lord.
Father, thank You for Your Word. Give me a hunger and desire for Your Word like no other. Help me to understand it through the power of the Holy Spirit.