God clearly exercised his providence in bringing disaster on Absalom. First, he made Hushai’s counsel superior to Ahithophel’s. Ahithophel recommended swift action, employing a select group of warriors and attack tonight with 12,000 men. Sound advice.
General Andrew Jackson learned to his dismay that British forces had arrived that night within 10 miles of New Orleans 12/20/1814. His intelligence service had them at least twice that far away. The shock, however, stirred Jackson to action, not lethargy. He ordered immediate attacks on all enemy positions. Which delivered punishing, if not mortal, blows.
They had the opposite impact on the British commander. Thinking it meant the Americans had larger forces than expected, he waited for reinforcements of his own. The delay gave Jackson time to organize the defense of New Orleans that, on January 8, 1815, wrecked British attacks in 30 minutes.
Ahithophel’s strategy could have succeeded if promptly implemented. However...thank God for that transition word...God wanted Absalom destroyed and providentially had Hushai effect it.
When Absalom sent Ahithophel from the room, he summoned Hushai. “Here’s what Ahithophel said...what is your view?” The old man shot a quick prayer for God’s guidance and, when he opened his mouth to reply, God had answered. End Part II