Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 8:15-18, 1 Chronicles 18:14-17, 1 Chronicles 6:16-30, 50-53, 31-48, 2 Samuel 9:1-10:19, 1 Chronicles 19:1-19
Heavenly Father, I saw something in today’s reading that has me saying,
Today was the last day of reading before David sins with Bathsheba (yes, I turned the page). I love the story of David but dread getting to the part about Bathsheba. David’s my hero. He was amazing handling Saul and his enemies while remaining kind and humble. I don’t want to watch him fall.
In today’s reading David was still the hero riding in on his chariot to save the day. He was saving the honor of his men and responding to a threat by neighboring countries but something was missing.
When David heard about this, he sent Joab and all his warriors to fight them. —2 Samuel 10:7
Lord, the only reason I noticed this missing piece is because this year as I’ve read David’s story a particular phrase has jumped off the page in neon colors many times.
The Philistines arrived and spread out across the valley of Rephaim. So David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”
The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.” —2 Samuel 5:18-19
I didn’t go back and research this but I’m pretty sure that every time up until this point David asked, “Lord, should I go out to fight.”
Lord, this time David didn’t ask You. He made a snap decision and moved forward with HIS plans. Yes, David and the Israelites won the battle but I wonder if this was the defining moment when David decided he was now powerful enough, wise enough, and smart enough to call the shots. In tomorrow’s reading he chooses to stay home from battle. I don’t think he asked You about that either.
Jesus, the minute I saw this all I could say was “Oh me!” I do the same thing. I move forward with my plans without thinking about asking You. Sometimes I do ask but I don’t wait for an answer. Lord, over the years I have made some big mistakes because I thought I could handle it by myself.
David’s pride, my pride. It’s all the same.
Lord, forgive me for doing life MY way. Holy Spirit, teach me, remind me to ask should I go (do, fight, say yes, etc) and then help me to wait for Your answer.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 20:1, 2 Samuel 11:1-12:14, Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 12:15-25, 2 Samuel 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 14:3-7, 1 Chronicles 3:5-9