Occupying God’s Promises
Lord God, in all things at all times, and every day, I want Your good guidance for my life.
Read 2 SAMUEL 2:1-7; 3:1
 In the course of time, David inquired of the LORD. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked. The LORD said, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the LORD answered.  So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.  David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns.  Then the men of Judah came to Hebron and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. When David was told that it was the men of Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul,  he sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead to say to them, “The LORD bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him.  May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.  Now then, be strong and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.” Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat did David do before he was anointed King?
Though Saul was dead, the issue of kingship was not instantly resolved. Others felt they had a claim to the throne. How would David navigate these challenges? He had known for years that he would become king; however, the wilderness years had fashioned a dependence, not on armies, reputation or political maneuvering, but on God. So David seeks detailed instructions from the Lord. His obedient response to God’s leadership results in growing influence and power (2:4; 3:1).
As we live out God’s promises, there are still battles ahead, issues to navigate. God gave you a spouse; how will you build a lasting marriage? God gave you a child; how will you build a family growing in the knowledge and love of God? He gave you a gift or an opportunity; will you unwrap that gift, explore that opportunity and realize your God-given potential? It’s easy, once we receive answers to prayer, to rely less on God, to move forward with our own ideas, strength and resources. King David’s example reminds us to rely on God, not only when we need him in the wilderness, but also as we reach our promised land.
What promises from God and challenges from life are you trying to navigate? How will you depend on God?
Lord, thank You that You do more than answer my prayers. You’re my guide through all the issues of life.
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