Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27th: 2 Samuel 13-15 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Samuel 13-15

2 Samuel 12:11
“This is what the Lord says: 'Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight.

In today's reading we see how soon God brought disaster on David's household and family. Pre-adultery, things were going well for both King David and Israel, but soon afterwards David's children were involved in lying, cheating, rape, and murder within David's family.

David didn't deal correctly with his son Absalom after he had murdered his brother, and that led to Absalom conniving his way into a position that threatened to over take his father.

The whole situation seemed like a mess, and things weren't looking good, but David didn't unravel. He knew he had made mistakes, and he knew that God still loved him and was faithful. He was at the end of his rope and now left things in God's hands,

2 Samuel 15:25
Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the Lord's eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again.

When things aren't going well, do we throw our hands in the air and give up, and then feel sorry for ourselves? Or do we keep our faith in God, who loves us and is faithful, and keep on battling by doing what we've learned and know He wants?

Often our problems are because of bad choices we've made, and result in more problems if left without God's help to fix. As David showed, when faced with problems it is not a time to throw in the towel, it is a time to rally and focus on God, putting His will ahead of our own.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 Samuel 16-17, Psalm 3, Psalm 63


Conrad said...

It is true when we make one mistake, things can start to unravel and if we attempt to solve things on our own, it only gets worse. A good reminder that it is never too late to turn to God for help, and to go back to focusing on Him first.

Jeannine said...

2 Samuel 14:14b "But God does not take away life; instead he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him"

I like the way this verse shows how much God loves us and is committed to us. No matter what we do or how far we stray from Him he is always trying to draw us back.