2 Samuel 17:14 – And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel.” For the Lord had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the Lord might bring harm upon Absalom.
What in all of Christian doctrine is more magnificent and more mysterious than the sovereignty of God? Whether in salvation or in the outworking of other parts of the Lord’s plan, his sovereign yet unseen hand is amazing. When god allows us to catch a glimpse of his hand at work in the hearts and lives of men, it reminds us that God is totally in control while somehow working through the desires of men.
Here in 2 Samuel 17, God’s invisible hand is revealed. The Lord chose to frustrate the counsel of Ahithophel. God worked in a way that only god can truly grasp to make Ahithophel’s counsel seem unwise to all those who heard it. God did not force Absalom to do anything that Absalom did not already want to do. But, God did work the desires of Absalom so that he would desire to follow one plan over another.
Look at the issue of freedom and sovereignty here. On the one hand, God sovereignly worked to accomplish his will. No way, under no circumstances, was Absalom going to choose something that would thwart God’s plan, a plan which included judgment against Absalom. At the same time, Absalom acted freely, choosing exactly what he wanted to choose. God was fully in control. But God is by no means guilty of forcing sin upon Absalom, or anyone else for that matter.
When God allows us a glimpse of his sovereign hand at work, it should cause us all to acknowledge that his ways are not ours, neither are his thoughts. He is greater than us, higher than us, more magnificent than us. God does things in ways that we would never grasp did he not reveal them to us. HE is in control. He will accomplish is plan. His will is certain. These truths should lead us to praise him, trust in him, and be awed by him.