Reading Plan: 2 Samuel 19-21
2 Samuel 19:7 (NASB)
7 “Now therefore arise, go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go out, surely not a man will pass the night with you, and this will be worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now.”
God can use anyone. Joab was not a Godly man. He had killed Absalom and Amasa. However, God used him to speak to David in his time of need. Joab’s wise words would protect the Kingdom and save the people.
David was engulfed with grief by the death of his son Absalom. Absalom had led a rebellion seeking to kill David and take over the Kingdom. When Absalom is killed the rebellion ends. Rather than celebrate, David grieves the loss of his son.
Joab warns David that he is stealing the victory from his people. In mourning over his son’s death, David forgets about the thousands who risked their lives for him. Joab urges David to go out to his servants and speak kindly to them.
Another instance where God uses a seemingly unsuitable candidate & speaks through them is found in John 11. Caiaphas, an ungodly man, speaks words that are from the Lord. He proclaims that Jesus will and needs to die for all!
John 11:51-52 (NASB)
51 Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
At times, God may speak in unexpected ways. Be prepared for how God may be trying to speak into your life.