(2 Samuel 21-22, Luke 22:1-30)
“And David said to the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? And how shall I make atonement, that you may bless the heritage of the Lord?” (2 Samuel 21:3)
For three years, while David reigned as king over Israel, there was famine in the land. All provision was wiped out. David sought the Lord for an answer and the Lord revealed that there was a curse on the land that really had nothing to do with David. Former king Saul had gone against his own word and destroyed a family that he had given his word to spare. The famine was in consequence to Saul’s sin.
David could have justified himself, saying, “That was before my time. I had nothing to do with that wrong.” Instead, he met with the wronged family and asked how to bring reconciliation. He humbled himself. He asked this family how he could make it right. It’s utterly astounding! The king of Israel!!
Jesus talked about something similar. He said if you were offering your gift at the altar and remembered that your friend had something against you, leave your gift and first go make it right. Many times we want to hide our offenses behind our spirituality. We don’t see how we are bound. We are living in famine, but God desires to open up the floodgates over our lives. Go low. Go lower still. The precedence set by King David should assure us. God sees and He will act.