Read 2 Samuel 14-16
And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so? 2 Samuel 16:10
Would you be so brave as to stay in an upsetting situation if you knew it was God’s will? That’s where David finds himself in 2 Samuel. A man named Shimei cursed at the king as he passed through Bahurim, throwing stones at David and his servants.
Shouldn’t the king be treated in a more royal fashion? Shouldn’t his guards grab Shimei and remove him from the scene - literally and figuratively? This man was dangerous, and his taunts were heard by everyone around them.
When Abishai makes the suggestion that he’d be glad to go cut off Shimei’s head, David stops him. He tells Abishai and all of his servants to leave this man alone because the Lord had led him to say these things. It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day. (verse 12)
Tomorrow in 2 Samuel 19, we will read that Shimei repents of his actions, and he becomes the first man to meet David as he returns to Jerusalem. While it may not seem pleasant or important at the time, we may later see how someone’s actions were used by God for His glory and our greater good. Being patient in the bad times can lead to greater blessings when they’re through.