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“May you love others whether they love you or not.” <>< Dona (05/07/20)

Please read II Samuel 19 through 21.  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 19 King David was upset because his rebel son, Absalom had been killed.  King David had told his army not to kill his son.  Yet they had done so anyway.   Joab, a military leader, believed David’s weeping and mourning over his son’s death was demoralizing to the troops. After all Absalom was David’s enemy, even though they were son and father.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, King David’s love for his wayward son, Absalom, was tremendous regardless of how Absalom felt about his father.

Something to think about

David truly loved his son, even though Absalom didn’t return that love.  Absalom was blinded by his desire to be king. His father was his enemy.    

Something to experience

When our children are going the wrong way, rebelling, turning against us, what do we do?  We don’t love their behavior, but we still need to love them.  We may have many people who want to give us advice but only God is totally trustworthy. When we face an unsurmountable problem we have a God that will climb the highest mountain to help us.  We have only to ask for His help.

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In II Samuel 20 There was a famine for three successive years, so David sought the Lord.  The Lord informed David that a crime committed in the past by Saul and the Israelites was the cause of the famine.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, sinful acts from the past can cause present harmful situations.

Something to think about

David was probably not aware of the fact that Saul had broken a vow that the Israelites had made to the Gibeonites (see Joshua 9:16-20). Breaking a vow was a serious offense against God’s law (Numbers 30:1-2). Probably  the sin was never repented of by Saul or his sons, some of who were still alive living among the Israelites.

Something to experience

Some sins if dealt with quickly may not have long range consequences.  But when a sin is not repented of the consequences can be far reaching.

Prayer

Lord, I pray we will not be swayed by the opinions of the crowd. I pray we will search Your Word (Acts 20:32). 

I pray we will respond to our wayward children according to Your plan (Proverbs 22:6). 

Lord help us to seek forgiveness quickly when we realize we’ve sinned (Revelation 2:16).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you quickly seek forgiveness once you realize you’ve sinned.” <>< Dona