Scripture: 2 Samuel 5:1-10/1 Chronicles 11-12. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
David was anointed as king; he was 37 years old when he became the king over all of Israel. David had waited patiently for the fulfillment of God’s promise to him. David and the Israelites conquered Jerusalem. David had 30 chiefs over his army, and they risked their lives in order to serve and please David. The people had been ready for a change, because they had suffered under Saul’s leadership when he disobeyed God. Follow along in today’s scripture study!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Just as David had to wait patiently for the fulfillment of God’s promise to him, we must also have patience. David’s time of waiting prepared him for his important task, just like waiting periods may also help prepare each of us by strengthening our characters. God’s promises are well worth the wait. David’s power increased when he consistently trusted in God, as Saul’s power decreased because he disobeyed and ignored God. Just like David, we should be more concerned about righteousness, honesty, and doing our best, leaving the results to God. When we serve others, we are also serving our Heavenly Father.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please continue to guide and protect us on a daily basis, and help us to always do Your will. We pray for protection from harm and pain in this fallen world. Help us to avoid evil desires and actions that begin with us, and please guard our every thought and every action. Help us to flee from our temptations in life, for we know that the consequences of our sins can ruin not only our lives, but the lives of others, as well. We thank You for the unique talents and strengths that You give to each one of us. Please help us to use those giftings to honor and serve You. Thank You for being such a loving and forgiving, Father. And thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.