Now after this Nahash the king of the Ammonites died, and his son reigned in his place. And David said, “I will deal kindly with Hanun the son of Nahash, for his father dealt kindly with me.” So David sent messengers to console him concerning his father. And David’s servants came to the land of the Ammonites to Hanun to console him. But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun, “Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Have not his servants come to you to search and to overthrow and to spy out the land?” So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved them and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away.
1 Chronicles 19:1-4
Now that they had shamed the Israelite men by making them walk beardless and wrong-half-naked back to their own city—shaming them from head to toe—the Ammonites figured they’d attack Israel, thinking they might have an advantage. Unfortunately, they underestimated the power of revenge. Angered at being shamed by a foreign people, the Israelites attacked both the Ammonites and the Syrians who came to the Ammonites’ aid.
And when the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before Abishai, Joab’s brother, and entered the city.
All of this embarrassing defeat could have been avoided by one action by King Hanun—he didn’t assume the best. He thought the Israelites who had come to comfort him were spies rather than friends, and he mistreated them. If he had only was kind to them in the first place, both the Syrian army and his own army would not have suffered such an embarrassing and detrimental defeat.
It’s the same in our lives today. How many time do we assume that a person is up to no good, when actually they are quite innocent? When someone does something you think is suspicious, we often assume the worst instead of assuming the best. Next time you see someone you don’t like, or wonder if someone doesn’t like you, do what Jesus would do: always assume the best. In a world where distrust and hatred fills the hearts of so many people, we as Christians need to move towards a higher calling–a calling that doesn’t judge people by what it appears that they are doing.
Always assume the best–the strength to do that comes from Christ alone!
Timmy Baze 😀