Apostle Grace Lubega
2 Samuel 15:23 (KJV); And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.
Kidron was the epitome of filth, decay, and uninhibited foulness (2 Chronicles 29:16).
King David, pressed by life’s storms, betrayed by friends and teetering at the edges of loss found himself having to pass over this place of despicable waste.
Many years later, Jesus Christ, weighed down by the intensity of divine purpose and burdened by the reality of an impending crucifixion knelt in Gethsemane, found in Kidron (John 18:1), asking the Father to take away from Him the cup of suffering (Luke 22:42).
The similarities here cannot be overstated. Both David and the Lord Jesus were at Kidron and both were at their lowest moments.
Why did the Lord have to go through a somewhat similar experience to David’s? Why is a David-like Kidron moment part of the story of Christ’s suffering?
God wanted you and I to know that He understands what it feels like to be caught up in those low and wretched moments. If you are trudging your way across ‘Kidron’, this serves as a reminder to you that He has been there too.
Truly, He is the High Priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses(Hebrews 4:15). The Message Version of this very scripture says He is not out of touch with our reality. He has been through testing and experienced it all.
If you feel betrayed, He was betrayed. If you feel rejected, He was rejected by His very own. If you feel hated, He was hated without cause. If you feel unfairly criticized, He was criticized even when He healed, raised the dead to life, and fed many.
He was tempted in ALL ways but without sin.
Today, He wants you to know that betrayal does not mean you yield to bitterness.
Rejection does not mean that you nurse an eternal grudge against those who do not see your worth.
Criticism does not devalue your truth and neither should it silence His message on your lips.
Keep believing. Make forgiveness your anthem. Stay on the course of love.
His name be praised!
FURTHER STUDY: Hebrews 4:15, John 18:1
God understands what it feels like to be caught up in those low or wretched moments. Rejection does not mean that you nurse an eternal grudge against those who do not see your worth. Criticism does not devalue your truth and neither should it silence His message on your lips. Keep believing. Make forgiveness your anthem. Stay on the course of love.
PRAYER: My loving Father, I thank You for this precious Word. You are no stranger to pain, sorrow or suffering. You are the High Priest intimately acquainted with our afflictions. You walked a mile in my shoes and showed me the way of love, of forgiveness, and of faithful endurance. I follow after Your pattern every day of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.