December 13, 2012

Today you should read: 2 Samuel 1

We start this new book with the end of Saul’s reign as king. He and his son Jonathan have died in battle. David finds out about this from someone who escaped from the camp.

Put yourself in David’s shoes. You have been told that you will be king once Saul is dead, the very same man who has chased you all over the place trying to kill you. What would your reaction be? If you and I were honest we would be happy. Think about it. You now get to be king and not get chased by an army out to kill you. Sounds pretty good. David continues to show us his reverence and honor for his king and, more importantly, his God and the authority God had put in place. David mourns the death of Saul and Jonathan. Now, I think we can understand David mourning Jonathan, who was his best friend, but Saul? This is the man who had tried to kill him over and over again and the one standing in his way of becoming king.

So what can we learn here? I think the key things for us to take away are these:

1.      Integrity really shows itself when we live it out in private

David continued to honor God’s anointed many times while Saul was alive. David could have easily thrown all that out once Saul was dead but he did not. That shows it to be true integrity and not a show. How about you? Do you live with integrity at church but then throw it out at work or home? True integrity is constant, no matter where you are or who is watching.

2.     God will always follows through with His promises

David was told he would be king and he waited patiently for his time. God opened the way for David to become king, David didn’t make it happen, God did. Sometimes we struggle to trust God because we get too impatient and feel like we have to take matters into our own hands. It was that kind of thinking that caused Saul to lose God’s favor (see 1 Samuel 13:8-14).

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

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Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

One thought on “December 13, 2012”

  1. Convicted on both points. I need to work hard/ have integrity toward my boss (which I have mostly failed to do) and learn to wait on God. Thanks Robbie.

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