Text: 1 Chronicles 19: 1-19
Misunderstood intention occurs when our good motives or friendly dispositions are conceived as harm by the other party. It happens all the time especially among friends, business partners even siblings and other family members. If you have suffered this once you will be able to understand how David and his men must have felt.
David was misunderstood by Saul and he ended up suffering greatly in his hands. Likewise Joseph was put in Prison by the same man whose honour he was trying to protect. Consequently, he languished in prison for a very long time.
Many of us in one way or the other may have been the misunderstood a good intention by others. This is largely due to the corruption and general prevalence of evil in the society which makes everyone a suspect. Therefore we presume a lot of things and by so doing hurt people unknowingly. More so, a great number of people have missed answers to prayers wrapped in unattractive packages because they came from people we consider of questionable character.
David left us a good example. He didn’t charge to war immediately he was repudiated. His men hid themselves and healed in secret. Because of their conciliatory disposition Nahun and his men realizes the folly of their action. Unfortunately, in their pride they began to amass armies for war instead of seeking for reconciliation. How foolish!
Our lesson: be quick to hear and slow to get angry. Be quick to make peace whenever you realise you have acted in ignorance. Do whatever it may take to restore peace. Remember to pursue peace with all men.
PRAYER: Father for grace to kill the spirit of presumptuousness. For humility to accept that we are wrong and initiate reconciliation and for grace to have a conciliatory disposition towards those who may misunderstand our goodwill we pray in Jesus name. Amen!