Welcome back everyone. We are now officially in 2 Samuel. The ride is going to pick up some serious steam from this point on. From the time of Saul's death and David becoming king, the journey becomes fascinating. I can't wait to hear your thoughts.
Today's reading is from 1 Samuel 31- 2 Samuel 1
1 Samuel 31:
We have travelled with Saul for a while now. We were there when Samuel told him of his future and we saw how humbled by it he was. We were there as he made mistakes and trusted in himself rather than God. Now, we get to witness his last moment. This had to be a disheartening moment for Saul. He's in battle with his countrymen, their losing, and his sons have been killed in the battle. He is surrounded by the enemy and rather than facing shame and certain death by their hands, he falls on his sword. Saul is certainly one of those interesting people we meet in Scriptures. I think the general theme of his life is disobedience and acting from your own will instead of God's. In many ways, his life is a life of "what could have been." It is a challenge for us all to realize that we are called to lives of obedience and submission to the will of God.
2 Samuel 1:
If anything, David was a passionate man. I don't understand how he had compassion and love for Saul, but he did. Even when Saul had repeatedly attempted to kill David, he still loved him. I believe David's love for Saul had less to do with Saul and had everything to do with the fact that the LORD had anointed Saul to his position and that is what David respected. We too are called to this same level of respect for those the LORD has anointed into positions of leadership, whether it be the country, our local associations, or a church. I find myself having to check myself sometimes on this when I see something I believe to be bad or not the best decision someone has made. I get upset with some churches, especially when I believe their pastor is the problem. I have to remind myself that God has called some people into leadership and positions that I must respect, even though I don't have to agree with their actions.
What are your thoughts? What stood out to you from today's reading? What questions did it raise?