In 2 Samuel 10, we see David and the Israelites defeat 2 other nations. God is fulfilling His purpose for David and the people of Israel. If you recall back in 2 Samuel 7:9, the Lord says to David, “And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones on earth.” God promised to make David’s name great and that is being accomplished through Israel’s continuous victory of other nations.
The important thing to notice from chapter 10 is that it is the Lord that is giving the Israelites the victory in their battles. In verse 12, Joab says, “Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.” Joab is telling the people that we need to fight, but that the plans of the Lord are going to be what is carried out. Israel’s rise and fall of the nation all had to do with their faith and obedience to God. In this passage, they are obedient and the Lord gives them victory, but later we will see Israel’s disobedience and their demise.
Here is what we need to know: God is sovereign. His plans are always going to succeed because He is in control of all things. We need to be obedient to Him during all circumstances, whether good or bad, because “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice