Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 23)
Then someone told David, saying, 'Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.' And David said, 'O Lord, I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!'

Now it happened when David had come to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God--there was Hushai the Archite coming to meet him with his robe torn and dust on his head. David said to him... 'Return to the city, and say to Absalom, 'I will be your servant, O king; as I was your father's servant previously, so I will now also be your servant,' then you may defeat the counsel of Ahithophel for me.'

2 Samuel 15:31-34 (NKJV)
Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, 'No! Our lord King David has made Solomon king. The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites; and they have made him ride on the king's mule... and they have gone up from there rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar. This is the noise that you have heard.
1 Kings 1:43-45 (NKJV)
War involves strategy, and God is the Master Strategist. King David sought and heeded his Master's counsel. Therefore, King David became earth's master strategist. Again and again he won wars, because again and again He asked God's help.

Consider two examples: When Absalom (David's son) incited a rebellion, David retreated--to prevent harm to the city he loved. When Ahithophel (David's counselor) joined Absalom's mutiny, David planted a spy (Hushai) in the new government. Hushai thwarted Ahithophel's plan--and David was saved. His strategy was brilliant, because God was in it.

When David was very old, Adonijah (his eldest son) incited another rebellion--to crown himself king. When David heard about it, he sent Solomon on his personal mule in a grand procession--along with Israel's spiritual leaders. They crowned Solomon king and gained massive popular support. Adonijah was thwarted, and Solomon's reign began. David's strategy was brilliant, because God was in it.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: be strategic. In the war zone of entertainment, good counsel is essential. Because 'Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour' (1 Peter 5:8). He will not cease in his efforts to stop your rise.

He will use all means at his disposal, including: 1) a hit to your soft spots (any day you forget to put on the armor of God); 2) a hit from the mouths of your family and friends--those who are weaker in faith; 3) a hit to any plans God did not sanction--because God will not play second counsel.

So ask God first. Ask proven advisors. But remember, David was betrayed by his best advisor, which proves no man is foolproof. So if man's counsel disagrees with God, ask God again--because His strategy always wins. 'So David did as God commanded him' (1 Chronicles 14:16). So must you.

Then proceed in your mission to rise and shine.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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