To get to where we want to go, we need directions. The Bible is our instruction manual and living the way many of the characters lived teaches us to lead a life that is meaningful and makes an impact on the world. This day with God, we receive more directions to the Way from 2 Samuel 4.
Two commanders of Israel killed the son of Saul named Ish-Bosheth thinking David would reward them for killing his enemy but David responded by putting them to death. Again we note how David responded to opportunists who were trying to be recognized by him in order to receive a reward.
David could have been tempted to reward them because the cruel deed did speed up his ascension to being king of Israel but like David, we need to be careful even in the “minor” things because above all, we are accountable to the Lord who knows all things.
Leaders need to be consistent in the way they handle wrongs done to others because this consistency sets the tone for more peace within societies. The people know what is expected from them and they are not rewarded for unethical behavior. There is the opportunity for more justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation within a society.
This day with You Lord, show us Your Way. The Way of high standards but with grace, the Holy Spirit, and the power needed to grow each day towards these high standards. As we get prepared this day to follow Your Way, may we continue to follow your lead and apply our faith towards a life that has meaning; a life that makes an impact so many are directed towards Your Way. Amen.