Leading up to the passage today, Saul and his son Jonathan have been killed in war. Jonathan was David’s best friend and David is in a time of grief. Also, the nation was in turmoil without a king and there was a split between Judah and Israel. When we have set backs, that’s when we can count on the guidance from the Lord. Reading today in 2 Samuel 2, we learn about the principle of guidance from David in verses 1-2. Going to God for help and doing the right thing leads to success.
In reading 1 Samuel 31:8-13, we know that men from Jabesh Gilead courageously went into enemy territory to get the bodies of Saul and his sons to bury them. We learn about David’s character from his response to them as David sends messengers to tell them how thankful he was for their brave deed. These character traits of David also led to success.
Reading further in today’s passage, the son of Saul’s army named Abner had taken Ish-Bosheth the son of Saul and made him king of Israel. David was made king of the tribe of Judah. A war broke out between the two sides and noted is the success of David’s men in winning the war. Abner eventually stopped running and wanted peace.
We can take the lessons learned in today’s passage and apply in our own life. We can use the same guidance and power that David used by asking help from God in Jesus name. There may be issues at work or health problems that make us feel that we are constantly fighting battles but through prayer, we are guided towards answers to major problems. We can have faith that the guidance and power is available. We can trust, be patient, and listen knowing God can see the big picture. Through prayer, we will be given answers to our questions so we are guided along the path of success.
This day with You Lord, we have faith that you are at work to make things all right. Help us follow the way of Jesus knowing the Spirit gives us guidance in our decisions as we take on difficult problems head on. Today, we are trusting You, are patient, and listening for guidance. In Jesus name … Amen.