All of us do not wear honor well. Joab was a military leader under David that killed people that he thought were threatening his position or that he wanted revenge against. It is dangerous to have a fearful or vengeful leader. They will sometimes do anything to protect their throne. Joab was that kind of leader. In 2 Samuel 3:26-27, Joab killed Abner to avenge his brother’s (Asahel) death. Leviticus 19:18 tells us that we are not to seek revenge. We are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Revenge belongs to God. In Deuteronomy 32:35 the Lord says, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back. In due time their feet will slip. Their day of disaster will arrive, and their destiny will overtake them.” God’s revenge is worst than anything we could ever dish out. In 2 Samuel 20:8-10, Joab killed Amasa because Amasa was going to take his place as military leader. In 2 Samuel 18: 14-15, Joab killed Absalom, David’s son against David’s orders.
Joab’s violence and mercilessness finally came to an end. Solomon was crowned king after David, his father died. When Solomon became king there was a lot of internal rebellion. Solomon put an end to that rebellion and promoted peace. Solomon was the wisest man alive and let his wives lead him away from God and to his destruction. God is sovereign and Lord, but we must do our part. If we aren’t willing to do our part we cannot expect our blessings to keep flowing. When He says “Pray”, then pray. When he says “Give”, then give. Our faith must be in place so that we know that if we are obedient and sacrifice of our time, money and talents He is just enough to reward us. The same goes with disobedience. If we are lead by the flesh we may go a while for free, but we will eventually have to make a payment.