THURSDAY, MARCH 14
SCRIPTURE:2 Samuel 4-5
BY: Jeremy Witt
In today’s reading, we start off with a bang. It may not seem like it at first but notice Ishbosheth’s reaction to Abner’s passing in verse 1. “He lost courage and all of Israel was disturbed.” (NASB). The king’s faith and trust were in a man and not in the LORD. So his security or trust was temporary rather than in the Eternal. The king was the leader of the nation, and his example, attitude, actions, etc was based entirely upon one man. Application for us immediately is that our trust must be in the LORD and not on any man. This applies to us personally, professionally in our jobs, corporately as a church, nationally as a country, and beyond. Ultimately we will be disappointed at some point or in many if we trust in a person. In the case of Ishbosheth, his example impacted the entire nation. It ultimately will lead to his demise in verses 5-7. Let us trust in the LORD and not in a person.
We come again to David in verse 9 as he has been brought the head of Ishbosheth by his murderers. These men assumed they would be rewarded for taking matters into their hands and helping David become king. However, David showed his integrity as before when opportunities were presented to become king quicker by killing Saul. David did approve of these actions and the men were executed as we read in verses 9-12.
If I may be completely transparent, I don’t understand David’s actions, because these men risked their lives to help him as did his soldiers before in the instances with King Saul. David took a path of waiting on God to bring about his kingship. Admittedly, I struggle with this as I do not like waiting. Yet David did wait and did trust in the LORD to fulfill His promise. I have much to learn.
As we come to chapter 5, David becomes king. The nation comes to him at Hebron and announces their loyalty to him. Notice verse 2. David is anointed king in verse 3 and the monarchy begins. It is the third time that he is anointed as king. The first anointing came in 1 Samuel 16:13, the second in 2 Samuel 2:4, and finally over all Israel. His reign will last for 40 years, 33 over all of Israel. Notice that David had to wait between the first anointing and the final anointing. Just because we are promised something does not mean that the fulfillment of the promise will happen in our timing or even soon. David was attacked by King Saul, pursued for years by Saul and his army, went into hiding among his enemies, and lived in a barren wasteland before sitting on the throne of Israel. These situations helped prepare him to lead the nation and overcome their enemies.
But it was not easy. David had God’s anointing but still suffered. He was king but was still betrayed as we will read in the coming chapters. We face a similar path. Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ is easy because Jesus did what we could not do for ourselves. Just as being anointed the first time was easy for David, seeing the fulfillment of being crowned king over the entire nation was entirely different. The part of daily following and trusting God is a battle we must take on each day. It may feel like a battle for that is what it is.
We are in a battle in our soul between the flesh and the spirit. We must allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and not to follow our fleshly desires. You can read Romans 6 and 7 on this. Galatians 5 speaks to this as well. The process of becoming more like Jesus is similar to the path that David had to take to become king. It will not be easy. It will be a fight, yet we must keep our eyes on the LORD and trust in Him and His timing rather than taking matters into our own hands.
At the end of our chapter, we see David leading Israel to take the city of Jerusalem which man thought could not be taken. Yet God led David and instructed him. We see God leading David to defeat the Philistines, the thorn in Israel’s side thus far.
May we trust in the LORD and yes, even in His timing. May we learn that the process will not be easy but may we have the strength and courage to trust in the LORD even when our circumstances make us think otherwise. May we learn from David’s example and may we set an example for our children and grandchildren to wait upon the LORD and to trust in Him.