Loyalty in the Midst of Trials — 2 Samuel 15:13-37
Towards the end of chapter 15, the author shifts the focus back from Absalom to David. Even though David is no dummy, he evidently has not seen coming how far his son would go away from him. David now realizes that the kingdom is in danger and his own life is threatened. A hastily organized escape from the palace in Jerusalem to the wilderness across the Brook Kidron takes place and soon it is apparent that not all the hearts in Israel have been lost.
From the servants and family of David to the unexpected loyalty of a Philistine general arrived just the day before, this is a touching account of help in times of need. In addition, David’s faith is once again on display as he refused to take the ark as a talisman of hope but shows that his faith is completely on the sovereign and merciful God of Israel. Even a hasty prayer in the midst of these circumstances is answered when a loyal friend shows up and this Hushai is immediately willing to risk his life to help. Loyalty is one of the most desired qualities a man can hope for in a friend. Yet none of these friends could save David. Isn’t it great that we have another Friend, one who shows true loyalty, we might even call it Covenant Faithfulness; one Who will not only be there for us but Who will save us for all eternity!