Scripture: 1 Samuel 1-4. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
In 2 Samuel, we read about how David was now rewarded for his patience and constant faith in God. Saul had died on the battlefield. A messenger who identified himself as an Amalekite wanted to gain personal reward for lying about killing David’s rival, Saul, but he had misread David’s character. David had the messenger killed. David had believed that God had appointed Saul as king, so only He could remove him from his position. David knew that he would become king, but he still asked God if he should move back to Judah, his home territory for his tribe. The men of Judah anointed David as their king. Israel had become divided, so there was constant tension between the south (David’s side) and the north (Abner’s side). The events that happen in 2 Samuel, Chapter 2, led to a long war between David’s people and the troops that were loyal to Abner and Ish-Bosheth, Saul’s son. David wanted his wife Michal, Saul’s daughter, back before he would begin to negotiate peace with the north side of Israel. Joab, a man in David’s army, took revenge for the death of his brother instead of leaving justice up to God.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Just as David was rewarded for his patience and consistent faith in God, we can be, too. David and his men were upset when they learned of Saul’s death. Today, some people consider expressing emotions to be a sign of weakness. Expressing our grief can help us deal with our sorrow when a loved one passes away, and it is okay to show emotion. Lying can lead to strong consequences, as in the case of the Amalekite messenger. We must always bring our circumstances to God first, asking Him for guidance, for He alone knows the best timing for us. Remember, vengeance is the Lord’s. We must not seek revenge on those who hurt us. God will repay those who deserve it. When we put our complete trust and faith in God, we will be able to respond boldly to the events happening around us in this fallen world. God is our Protector.
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. Thank You for the Book of 2 Samuel, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Please help us to put our relationship with You above any and all earthly riches, for we know that You are the only one who can completely satisfy us. Please be with those who have lost loved ones, Father, and help them to feel comfortable expressing their emotions, for it helps when dealing with our sorrows. Help us to remain faithful to You through all of our trials and struggles in this life, and please keep our hearts clean. Help us to always obey You, trust You, and follow the path that You have paved for our lives. Help us to draw near to You in our times of trouble and on a daily basis. Help us to commit our ways to You and to trust You for the outcome. Help us to flee from revenge, always treating others – even our enemies – in God-honoring ways. We give our enemies up to You, and we ask for Your protection. Help us never to doubt or resent You when an answer to prayer is not on our timing. Please help us to fulfill the responsibilities that You have for us. We know that You know what is best for us, and we trust You. 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.