OCTOBER 11: DISCERNING

DISCERNING

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And Ittai answered the king and said, 'As the Lord liveth and as my lord, the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.'"
2 Samuel 15:21
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Discerning - A perceptive internal knowledge; a special kind of interior wisdom.
-An awareness and keen sense of understanding.
-A prompting within that speaks to something beyond the presentation of facts.
"Ittai" stretches and inspires us to move with the discernment we are given and utilize it for both the glory of God and the aid of others.
Three virtues Ittai possessed:
Passion, Strategy, Discernment.
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Today's Read: 2 Samuel 15-18; Psalm 27
Ittai pops into the scene of David's life at, yet, another low point.
A significant and dramatic event is sweeping over the kingdom and sides are being taken in this chapter of David's life:
It's both painful and revealing all in one.
Absalom's prospects look fairly good momentarily for superseding his father David as King.
Indeed, so promising do his prospects look, that intimate close individuals to David, now leave David, for the promise of self-preserving positions reserved them in a new kingdom.
David, of his own accord, along with his droves of followers, leaves his throne behind and allows his son open access to it.
It's at this precise point, while on the run, that Ittai makes his presence known and intersects David at the crossroad called pain and suffering.
Ittai is a Gittite warrior.
The Gittites, were noted for their unusual strength and size (Goliath being one of them,) and strategic fighting measures. Indeed, many fought and dwelt amongst the Philistines.
Ittai, interestingly, discerns that his time has come for enlisting himself among David's men. David's surprise at his "timely" intersection is worth reading and digesting ... and a little conversation ensues between the two men as to whether he should be unfairly subjected to this critical low point in David's life.
In the end, David relents, discerning that Ittai is more than enough man, to make up his own mind.
Ittai knows what he's in for ... and he's "game" for the assignment.
Wonderfully woven into David's army of men for "such a time as this," Ittai, not surprisingly becomes a chosen captain amongst David's leading men at this most critical juncture.
Consider:
"And David numbered the people that were with him and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them. And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite ..."
2 Samuel 18:1-2
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Mmmm ...
God's ways are just too impossibly beautiful to understand.
Sheltering, shouldering, and remaining faithful in His love to David, God bolsters "His" man in his hour of need with a sure supply of steady, ready, valiant warriors, of whom Ittai is one, and causes them to intersect David in critical crisis moments.
Displaying His ultimate reign and sovereign rule over the ideas, thoughts, and little plans of men, God intercedes,supersedes and imposes His holy presence over the lives of men and shows Himself faithful once again.
King David, in the end, is not usurped by his son Absalom, and his position is restored to him ...
And the hearts of men have been revealed in the process.
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Hmmm ...
God knows our hour of need and He knows "who" and "what" we need to arrive at the station He has ordained us for. He will continue to supply His "Ittai's" with discernment and bring them into union, at just the right moment with His afflicted ones.
Move obediently down the road marked with "suffering" and Christ will meet you at the crossroads and at just the right moment ...
The "Ittai's" will appear.
God be praised ...
He will show Himself wonderfully faithful.