Focus Scripture: 2 Samuel 15:25-26
When we are attacked, especially when we are attacked by our own family, by those who should love us, we can react in many different ways: anger, feeling betrayed, seek revenge, despair, or hopelessness. David responds with incredible faith. Knowing his own son is plotting to kill him, David leaves the palace but sends the Ark of the Covenant back into the city.
Rather than fight his own son, rather than defend himself, David submits himself to God's will. "If I find favor in the LORD’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again."
This reminds me of the Covenant Prayer written by John Wesley:
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Such a complete faith in God no matter the outcome. These are not statements by men who are sure that God is going to avenge them or that God is going to give them power or riches or glory. These men, both David and John Wesley, are trusting in God and that whatever the outcome, good or bad, positive or negative, they are content to accept what God determines for them.