Scripture: 2 Samuel 19-21. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
David mourned for his son Absalom. Joab confronted David and told him that there would be consequences if he didn’t commend the troops for their victory in the war. Just a few days prior, most of the Israelites were supporting Absalom, who rebelled against his father David. The people now wanted David back as their king. David appointed Amasa to be commander in chief in place of Joab, but Joab killed him. David had showed mercy and generosity to people as he returned to Jerusalem. A man named Sheba started a rebellion against David, so David sent Joab, Abishai, and a smaller army after him. Joab and the troops took over Sheba’s hideout, known as Abel Beth Maacah, and the people killed Sheba themselves. 2 Samuel 21 describes the later years of David’s rule. Follow along in 2 Samuel 19-21!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Joab had confronted David even though he was risking David’s displeasure of him. This is a good example to read when personal confrontation in our lives is necessary. Israel had been supporting the rebel ruler known as Absalom, and then they wanted David back as king. When we follow God’s moral principles in the Bible, it will help us avoid being swayed by the popular opinions of the rest of the crowds. David was very generous and fair to others, even the ones who treated him badly. We, too, should try to treat others the same way, always forgiving people and treating them as another brother or sister in Christ. We can always trust God’s plans for us, even though we are unable to see how it will work out in the end. One thing is for sure: God has promised all believers an eternity with Him someday, free from any hurting or suffering. Nothing can even begin to compare to that promise from God!
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 treat others with love and kindness. Please help us to flee from our temptations in this life, Father, always striving to please and honor You in our choices, for we know that the consequences of our sins can ruin not only our lives, but the lives of others, as well. Help us to flee from rebellion, giving all of our worries and fears up to You. Help us to strive to please You, Father, rather than the public eye. Help us draw near to You. We thank You for the unique talents and strengths that You give to each one of us. Please help us to utilize the opportunities that You put in front of us, for Your ways are better than our own. We know that You have a greater purpose for our lives. Help us to be patient and wait upon Your timing, Father. 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. Help us to show compassion toward the less deserving, as well. 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.