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2 Samuel 2 – Prayer For Every Decision

So, King Saul is dead. David can finally be annointed King as the prophet Samuel had anointed him so many years back.

But first, David sought God on where he and his family should settle:

In the course of time, David inquired of the LORD. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked.
The LORD said, “Go up.”
David asked, “Where shall I go?”
“To Hebron,” the LORD answered. (verse 1)

Throughout the books of first and second Samuel, this is one of the common things you will see. David stops frequently and asks God for guidance. “Should I go here, Lord?”, “What should I wear?”, “Which side of the bed should I get up on today?” Okay, I may have thrown in that last one myself, but from my reading I get the impression that David consulted God on every decision large and small.

Perhaps this is why God calls David, and no other in the Bible, “a man after God’s own heart.”

I have to ask myself these questions:

  1. Do I believe God hears my prayers? My answer is an empahtic “Yes!”
  2. Do I believe God answers my prayers? Again, “Yes!” is my answer, but not always in the ways I expect.
  3. Do I believe God cares about my well-being? Definitely “Yes!”. He has demonstrated this time and again. He’s not necessarily interested in what I wear, for example, but definitely interested in my decisions and the consequences involved.
  4. So why is it that I don’t take everything to Him in prayer – as David did?

That’s the question I must ponder today. What about you? Do you take everything to God in prayer? Or, like me, do you usually end up doing things on your own, only consulting God if things get out of hand?

Forgive me, Lord. I trust You. I will try to be more like your servant, David.

peace,

e

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2 Samuel 1 – God establishes rulers of nations (even ours!)

God appoints rulers of nations

God appoints rulers of nations

I jump back into dBrag (see http://www.dbrag.org for more info) again with a good friend, after a season of “busy-ness”, having been convinced once again of the importance of spending time each day in meditation of the Holy Bible. I am grateful for God’s Word and for good friends who care enough to help me along on my journey to continue to growing in my relationship with Jesus Christ.

Today, we jump back in at 2 Samuel. This chapter starts out with an Amalekite man coming to David, having escaped the Israelite camp that David just defeated. The man, clothes torn with dust on his head, fell at David’s feet and began to honor him. He told David of the death of Saul, the King of Israel and also the death of Saul’s son, Jonathan (who was David’s best friend).

As you know, King Saul was in hot pursuit of David to kill him to prevent him from becoming his replacement. Yet, David did not rejoice at the new of King Saul’s death. David asked how it happened. When the Amalekite reported that he himself helped kill Saul, who was already fataly wounded, David became enraged.

13 David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?”
“I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite,” he answered.

14 David asked him, “Why were you not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?”

15 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. 16 For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the LORD’s anointed.’ “

Why? Why was David so mad at the man, who was simply helping Saul to die rather than to lie there in pain and suffering until he bled to death? David, although he knew he was to be the next King, refused to lay his hand on the Lord’s anointed. You see, he believes that God appoints the kings and rulers of nations. As such, David put his fate in the hands of God. When God was ready for him to be King, God would work out the circumstances, and David would not have that blood on his hands.

Romans 13:1 has this reminder:

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

It is God who appoints authority and establishes powers of nations. We are to pray for our leaders and leave what happens in the hands of God.

Will you be a David today? Will you pray for your nation’s leaders? Will you avoid trashing your leader with course jokes or hateful speech? No matter how bad it seems, God is in control. God can see the future, we cannot.

Trust the Lord and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6

peace,

e

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