By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And one told David, saying, 'Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.' And David said, 'O Lord, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.'"
2 Samuel 15:31
Compromise - To forsake a respected standard for a self-benefitting reason.
To waver on an ideal and succumb to something less than.
Compromise can be viewed as both a positive or negative trait but today's defining will suggest the forsaking of a standard.
Three characteristics of Ahithophel:
Discerning, Understanding, Compromising.
Today's Read: 2 Samuel 15-16;
 Psalm 55 (This Psalm resonates, I believe, with David's relationship to Ahithophel '55:16' and is opened up by the suggestion of it.)
Who is Ahithophel?
Ahithophel was a trusted advisor, counselor, and confidant to David throughout most of his 40 year reign. His word was strong, clear, concise and solid.
A spiritual strategizer invested in truth, Ahithophel's words were considered comparable to the very words of God.
"And the counsel of Ahithophel which he counseled in those days was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom."
2 Samuel 16:23
David's heart for God and Ahithophel's counsel of God was a formidable and notable combination that would have suggested a remarkable shared communion experienced between the two men.
Surely nothing could come between two such men ...
Yet something does.
The "something" is a "someone" and his name is Absalom.
Absalom enters the scene; a man of weighty influence and beauty, a man who happened to be, also, David's son. Desire for his father's kingdom, his father's women, and desire for power and control seized him.
A man laden with PMS (power, money, and sex) Absalom was an enflamed inferno of internal fleshly desire burning out of control.
Striking an easy chord with man, he set himself up, and showed himself gloriously as a leader the people should desire ... and the people followed.
Absalom's initial success drew men away from his father's side and over to his side and, unfortunately, Ahithopel was one of the many who followed. Compromising his love and knowledge of God, and his love and communion with David, he allowed the fear of man to overtake the fear of God ... and he went under.
David's words, at the beginning of our study, reflect the tone of a man betrayed, and God honored the words of David and they came to pass in a painful and profound way.
In an almost morbid fashion I'm going to leave you with the words of one who departed from God and allowed fear of man to prevail over fear of God.
Study it, reflect on it, and ask God to make His counsel clear to you.
"And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey, and arose and got him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father."
2 Samuel 17:23