“And as David and his men went along the road, Shimei went along the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went, threw stones at him and kicked up dust” (2Sam 16:13)
Here King David is at his lowest. His son Absalom rebelled against him aiming at the throne of Israel. David wants to avoid a direct was with his son. With a handful of loyal men, he leaves Zion weeping. Suddenly they meet with a man called Shimei. He is from the tribe of Benjamin, the same with former King Saul. He curses David blaming him unjustly for killing Saul. All his curses are lies. He forgets that it was Saul who wanted David dead. He forgets that it was David who spared his life at least two times. When David was on the throne, he was afraid to express his feelings. But now, he insults David because he can do so. It is always painful to hear men slandering your name. It is more so when you have fallen and you can’t defend yourself.
Shimei is a bitter angry man. His tribe has lost the battle. He blames God for the failure and attacks God’s servant. This is how angry people react. They will insult you because you remind them of God.
What did David do? He did not defend himself. He allowed the wicked man to go on without a word. He left the matter to God who knows all things and who can truly vindicate a suffering man.
After Absalom’s death, as David was coming back to take his throne, Shimei appears again. This time he looks repentant asking for forgiveness for his wicked words. David forgives him but before his death he commissions Solomon to judge Shimei as guilty.
May the grace of God manifests upon your life today, that when slandered, you do not respond with evil, but with good! You may regret words spoken in haste but you shall never regret the royal silence of judgment when dealing with an angry fool. Best of all, be like Jesus:
“For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully… For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
“Who committed no sin; nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously…” (1Pet 2:19-23)