I remember once hearing this odd saying...
No good deed goes unpunished.
And the first time I heard it,
I admit confusion
I could not make sense of it.
Until it happened to me.
And now we see it happening to David...
only on a much grander scale,
affecting so many others.
It happened after this
that the king of the people of Ammon died,
and Hanun his son reigned in his place.
Then David said,
“I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash,
as his father showed kindness to me.”
2 Chronicles 10:1-2 NKJV
So David goes about his good deed.
He wants to return a kindness.
So he figures that as this new king Hunan,
the son of Nahash, morns his father,
it would be good to send some messengers...
bringing a word of comfort to him.
Similar to what we do today...
Like when we make someone a meal,
send them a sweet note, or
simply spend time with them.
But somehow, this gets misinterpreted.
For the princes of Ammon suggest to king Hanun...
Has David not rather sent his servants to you
to search the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it?”
2 Chronicles 10:3
Who are these princes...
that they need to cause this new king to be suspicous?
As they tenderly touch off a trail of dominos...
having no idea of it's devastating end.
Now the messengers
who were sent as ambassadors...
on a mission for King David
targets of torment,
subjects of shame,
objects of oppression.
A needless harm done to men of good repute.
Thankfully David honors them well,
protects their honor,
gives them time away.
But now the dominos fall faster, harder...
spreading in more directions than expected.
Armies begin to march,
battle lines are drawn,
prayers are lifted high...
Be of good courage,
and let us be strong for our people
and for the cities of our God.
And may the Lord do what is good in His sight.
2 Samuel 10:12
But over forty-thousand lives were still lost...
All because a few princes
spoke out of turn...
killing the kindness of a king.
Hence the phrase...
No good deed goes unpunished.
And now I simply understand it to mean,
that people have a hard time trusting
in the kindness of others.
Maybe it is simply that those people
are lacking kindness themselves.
So they cannot understand it from others.
But let us never give up being kind
because of those people.
Rather let us make it our goal
to be continually kind,
causing them to stop being suspicious.
Let us change them...
instead of them changing us!
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.
At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Galatians 6:9 NLT
Word of God,
train me, today...
to continually be kind, no matter how others behave,
to believe that my kindness matters and can be my part to change the world.
Lord, give me strength
to be the change others need.
Encourage me to be kind
Help me not
to become discouraged
press on and be kind
in the face of it.
from my heart...
I write as an overflow... an expression of my true love for God and with a deep desire to encourage others in their day to day lives. For we can only find peace, joy, and satisfaction when we yield to the One who yielded His life for us.