Don't Kill the Messenger

Reading For Today: Proverb Chapter 13

Gold Nugget
Verse 17: 
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful ambassador brings health.”

Commentary
The phrase, “Don’t kill the messenger”, was not taken in consideration by the Old Testament slayer of Goliath. After becoming famous for killing Goliath and just before becoming the king of Israel, David killed the messenger. After years of hiding from his father-in-law, his enemy, King Saul died on the battlefield. Thinking it was good news to David, a messenger ran to tell him of Saul’s death. After questioning the messenger, the man told David of the details of Saul’s death and of his contributions. He didn’t fear telling David because of the abuse David suffered from Saul’s rage. David was outraged at the messenger’s nerve to touch a King of Israel and called for an immediate execution of the messenger on the spot. After that, David wept for his king whom he loved dearly. Despite Saul’s behavior, David loved him and respected him as God’s anointed. The messenger took lightly the message he was carrying and had little regard for the impact it would have on David. I have seen this scenario play out many times. You probably have too. Have you ever seen someone carry bad news to someone and get pleasure out of the pain it causes them? I have. Even pretending to be someone’s friend, a messenger may delight in bringing bad news. This is a wicked messenger. I knew a lady that was very jealous of a parent’s teen that seemed to be better behaved than hers. After she learned of the other parent’s teen getting involved with some bad things, she ran with joy to break the news to that parent. With wicked intent she took pleasure in bringing this message. Today’s “gold nugget” says, A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful ambassador brings health.” A faithful ambassador would have taken the news of this teen's trouble and approached the parent with a heavy heart, sharing in the parents pain and attempting to help heal the situation. The situation described in this devotion paints a pretty bad picture of someone that we would never feel describes ourselves, but this is just another form of gossip delivered in a slightly different manner. Anytime we delight in bad news, we need to check ourselves spiritually .When our enemy stumbles, we may be tempted to be delighted and may even spread this “news”. Consider Proverbs 24:17-18 17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.

Prayer
Lord, when my enemy falls, don’t let me rejoice in their tragedy. Don’t let vengeance be an element of the person you have fashioned me to be. When other’s suffer for their sin, give me the strength to pray for their healing, both in the natural and in the spiritual. Amen

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