Now David had been told, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” So David prayed, “Lord, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.”

2 Samuel 15:31 (NIV)

In 2 Samuel 15:31, we see David lift up a prayer to the Lord. The very next verse tells us this:

When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust on his head.

2 Samuel 15:32 (NIV)

David tells Hushai to go back because he’ll be a burden to him. This probably is because Hushai is old and infirm, and trying to live on the run is a younger man’s game. However, the other aspect of having Hushai return is that he can be a spy for David.

But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, ‘Your Majesty, I will be your servant; I was your father’s servant in the past, but now I will be your servant,’ then you can help me by frustrating Ahithophel’s advice.

2 Samuel 15:34 (NIV)

Hushai didn’t show up to David and say, “Here I am, ready to help you out!” No, he was going to go with David. Instead, David recognized that Hushai could better serve him by returning to frustrate Ahithophel’s advice! The very thing he had just prayed to the Lord for.

In 2 Samuel 17:4, we get confirmation that the Lord answered David’s prayer by using Hushai the Arkite.

Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.” For the Lord had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.

2 Samuel 17:4 (NIV)

Without a doubt, David had gotten himself into this situation through the terrible mishandling of Amnon when he raped Tamar. Although, we can look further back to his adulterous and murderous dealings with Bathsheba and Uriah the Hittite and the Lord’s pronouncement over him as the seed behind all this later trouble.

Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.

2 Samuel 12:10 (NIV)

Despite all of this trouble, the Lord was still with David. We must remember that the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us. Even when we make mistakes. We also need to remember that there are consequences for our actions. Something else we need to remember is that when we ask the Lord for something in prayer, the answer might not look how we expect it to look. For example, let’s say you need $100, so you pray for $100. Instead of getting $100, you get offered an opportunity to earn that $100, or perhaps you have something you can sell for that money. So often we ask the Lord for stuff in prayer without thinking anything more of what we might have to do to get it. We’re standing on a shovel and praying for a hole, saying things like “the Lord fights my battles” and “wait on the Lord” when what we really need to be doing is paying attention to how God is moving and moving accordingly.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be free from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart, and I receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.