Today we continue in 2 Samuel 17. Yesterday we left off when David’s two messengers were caught in En-rogel but escaped to Bahurim, a village east of Jerusalem on the route to Jordan. They came to a man’s house that had a well in his courtyard, so they climbed in the well.
The woman of the house saw what was going on and figured out who they were. Without anyone observing what she was doing, she covered the opening with a cloth then threw dried grain atop the cloth.
When Absolom’s servants came by and asked if she’d seen the two men. She innocently misdirected them, saying the men mY have traveled the way of the brook. Nonetheless, the servants searched the property, and when they didn’t find anything suspicious, they returned to Jerusalem.
Once it was safe to come out, she removed the cloth and grain, and they went on their way to David. Because of her quick thinking, David and his company were warned of the situation with Absolom and were able to escape to safety on the other side of the Jordan.
Once again, a woman minding her own business, used by God in a mighty way. She was alert to what was going on. Knew enough about the political environment to figure out the situation. Kept calm in a dangerous situation. And ultimately, she saved the life of a king and his men.
You may be at a season of your life where most of your time is spent at home. You may feel there’s nothing you can do while tucked away at home. But God has you right where you need to be. All you have to do is listen to His promptings and obey what He tells you to do. It may take courage, but He will guide you through it.
Lord God, thank you for preserving the story of this housewife who was used by You to save the life of David and his men. Thank You that You are no respecter of persons. You are able to use each of us right where we are. Please open our eyes to the opportunities that pop up in our backyards. Give us the courage to do whatever it takes to do Your will. Thank You for always watching out for You. We love You. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.