Consequences of Sin

READ : 2 Samuel 12-13 The Lord sends His prophet Nathan to David and Nathan tells him a story which fills David with righteous indignation. Then Nathan whirls around and, pointing his finger in David’s face, says, “You are the man” (12:7). David can see a lesser sin in the life of another, but is blind to his own sin. As Jesus said, “Take the beam out of your own eye before you take the speck out of the eye …

A Great Man Commits a Great Sin

READ : 2 Samuel 8-11 David defeats his enemies on all sides. He is riding high. But the time of success can be a time of special spiritual danger. David no longer goes forth to battle himself; he sends others. He is in control of everything except himself! Bathsheba was also at fault. She should have been more careful to be modest. In a day of great immodesty, Christian women should dare to be different, difficult as this may be. …

Building a House

READ : 2 Samuel 4-7 With the death of Ishbosheth, David becomes king of all Israel. He has a palace built for him. He takes more wives and has more children. The Philistines see him as a threat, and come to attack him. As is his custom, he seeks God’s guidance regarding how to deal with this threat. With God’s help, he defeats the Philistines. We must never sit back and think we are secure. New threats to our spiritual …

King of Judah

READ : 2 Samuel 1-3 Second Samuel tells us of the rule of David as king. When David hears of the death of Saul and Jonathan, he is filled with sincere grief. He writes a lament with the theme “How are the mighty fallen!” We should all grieve rather than gloat if we hear of the fall of a religious leader or the decline of a once prominent church. How sad when such things happen. How we must be on …

A Victory and a Defeat

READ : 1 Samuel 29-31 When David’s little army returned to their home base, Ziklag, they found the Amalekites had burned it to the ground and taken all they had, including their wives and children. David was deeply troubled but we read that he “strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (30:6). What an example to us! When difficulties come, let us find our strength to cope with them in God. Let us nurture our relationship with Him now, so …

Saul Becomes Desperate

READ : 1 Samuel 26-28 Sinners have short memories. A little time before this Saul realized he had been wrong in pursuing David and had stopped doing so. But now he is back at it again. And again David has the opportunity to kill him and refrains because Saul is the Lord’s anointed. When Saul learns of David’s mercy, he again acknowledges he is wrong and goes back home. We are all quick to forget the lessons we learn. Saul …