Give It Over
2 Samuel 15think about it.
How did Absalom undermine his father's authority? How do you respond when someone tries to undercut you or goes behind your back? What examples of loyalty and friendship do you find here? Why is David grieving? Those who were faithful to God stayed with David; do you choose your loyalties based on God's perspective?
When someone has gone out of their way to hurt you, what's typically your first reaction? For me, I want to fight back. I don't like it when people say or do mean things to me and deep down, I want justice. But just because I'm hurt and feel like lashing out doesn't mean I should. And, boy, did I see that with David here in 2 Samuel 15:1-37.
David's son, Absalom, has allowed pride and envy to take over. He wants to be king so he attempts to overthrow David. It's a pretty ugly scenario. But instead of trying to take things into his own hands with a fight back mentality, we see David humble and submitting all that's going on around him to the Lord. These words from David kind of say it all. "Carry the ark of the Lord back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me back and let me see both it and his dwelling place" (vs. 25).
So what will you (or do you already) put into practice from David's actions and responses? What is it going to take for us to turn over all of our circumstances to the Lord? Tami W.
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