David makes another attempt at kindness with a neighbouring country that is treated with suspicion and humiliatingly rebuffed. It sparks a war involving mercenary Syrians which the Israelites easily win.
Where is god in this? Nowhere explicit, though David’s kindness which sparked the conflict no doubt came from his love of God.
Some people are determined to see evil and hidden agendas where there are none. It brings to mind the old English motto, Honi soit qui mal y pense: evil is to him who thinks evil.
It’s one of the saddest things when grace is staring someone in the face and they can’t see it.
One of the things that makes me saddest about Donald Trump is his tendency towards conspiracies, to refuse to see the good in poeple he doesn’t like. He poisons so much of what he touches.