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“Lord help us to express and acknowledge our grief honestly.” <>< Dona (04/29/20)

Please read II Samuel 1 through 3.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In II Samuel 1:1-12 David and his men grieved over the deaths of King Saul, Jonathan (the king’s son) and the other soldiers that died.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, David and his men mourned, wept and fasted because of King Saul and the others who died in battle (verses 11-12).  

Something to think about

David and his men were visible shaken over Saul’s death.  They showed genuine sorrow over the loss of their king, their friend Jonathan and the other soldiers who died.  They were not ashamed to grieve.

Something to experience

Perhaps you believe expressing emotions is a sign of weakness.  It is not. We shouldn’t try to hide our emotions.  Expressing our grief can help us deal with our intense sorrow when a loved one dies. 

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In II Samuel 2 even though he knew he was to become king, David asked the Lord for guidance.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, before moving ahead with what seemed obvious David first brought the matter to You.  

Something to think about

David knew he was to become king but he didn’t want to run ahead of God’s plans.

Something to experience

Before moving ahead with what may seem obvious to us, we too should first ask for God’s guidance.  God alone knows exactly when we should act.

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In II Samuel 3 Israel is divided in two groups.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Israel went through what our country has gone through.  Civil war rocked both Israel and America at great cost. 

Something to think about

War occurred between Israel and Judah because they had lost sight of God’s vision and purpose for them as a nation.  Instead of uniting to accomplish their goals (see Genesis 12; Deuteronomy 7:1-4 and 8:1), they fought each other.

Something to experience

Here in America there are citizens that disagree about how our nation should be run. When we face conflict we all need to step back from the hostilities. And consider whether we have common goals that are bigger than our differences (verse 1-5). Perhaps we can compromise. But if there is a moral issue that we feel we can’t yield on, we may have to stand firm and not give in.  It takes courage and strength to stand firm in our convictions and to stand up for what we believe is God’s will.

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Prayer

Lord when a loved ones dies I pray we will express our sadness in healthy ways (Psalm 31:9; 119:28).  Lord when we’re faced with a decision about where we’re to go, I pray we will seek Your guidance first (Psalm 78:1). For Your timing is perfect (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). And Lord when we are faced with conflict I pray we will take Your plan instead of our own to resolve every issue we face (I Timothy 6:12).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“Lord may we seek Your plan when looking to solve problems we face.” <>< Dona