Sunday, May 19, 2013

May 19 – 2 Samuel 19 -21

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from 2 Samuel 19-21. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.

The heart of a father runs deep. No matter what our children do to us a good father still loves his children. We see that today in the life of David. Absalom had taken the life of one of David’s sons. He had spent four years wining the favor of the people. Absalom had even taken over his father’s throne while David was still alive. In the midst of all this he takes ten of David’s concubines and sleeps with them in a tent on the palace roof; a clear indication to all of Israel he was now ruler. When Absalom dies in battle David can do nothing but mourn.

Joab, David’s five-star general, sees David mourning and that his mourning is bringing the moral of the troops and the nation down. David’s reaction to his loss of Absalom is beginning to feel like a defeat to David loyal subjects and followers. Joab will not stand for this and he has the strength to call David to the carpet about it. David as king could have reacted many ways, but again we see his true heart in his response. David listen’s to reason and does the right thing for his nation despite his personal pain.

Good leaders are always going to be willing to listen to the wise advice of others. Foolish leaders are the ones who try to govern and lead without any help and aid. Sure turning to advisors might slow the process down but it insures that the decisions being made and the actions taken are almost always the best ones. Do you need to slow down and seek the wise advice of others?

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