Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 2-3
Key Verse: David made Hebron his capital, and he ruled as king of Judah for seven and a half years – 2 Samuel 2:11
Many years after Samuel had anointed David to be king, in today’s reading we read after the death of King Saul, David was anointed as King over Judah. Now we should remember, David has been chosen by God and anointed by Samuel to be king over all Israel, not only Judah. David didn’t moan and groan about how life was unfair, that he was supposed to be king over all Israel. David doesn’t despise the small things, but he doesn’t give up on God to deliver the bigger things. David was satisfied with God’s plan for he knew that God would do what He said He would do.
If we say we trust God, it means that we must trust Him, even when we don’t understand what’s going on. Maybe, especially when we don’t understand what’s going on.
For seven and a half years, David rules only Judah, but God had not forgotten about David or the promises He had made to him. Don’t fight against what God may be doing in your life, but don’t settle for half promises either. If God has promised you something, he will be faithful.
In Mark 8:22-25, we meet the blind man who Jesus healed. Jesus touched him, and he could see, but not fully, but he kept trusting Jesus and Jesus touched him again, and he could see perfectly. God always fully keeps his promises.
The American evangelist Dwight L. Moody told the story about a Christian woman who was always bright and cheerful and optimistic, even though she was confined to her room because of an illness. She lived in an attic apartment on the fifth floor of an old, rundown building. A friend decided to visit her one day and brought along another woman – a person of great wealth. Since there was no elevator, the two ladies began the long climb upward. When they reached the second floor, the well-to-do woman commented, “What a dark and filthy place!” Her friend replied, “It’s better higher up.” When they arrived at the third-floor landing, the remark was made: “Things look even worse here.” Again the reply: “It’s better higher up.” Finally they reached the attic level, where they found the bedridden saint of God. A smile on her face radiated the joy that filled her heart.
Although the room was clean, and flowers were on the windowsill, the wealthy visitor could not contain herself about the stark surroundings and blurted out: “It must be very difficult for you to be here like this!” Without a moment’s hesitation the shut-in responded: “It will be better higher up.” Right now, she was in a valley, but she was not looking at temporal things. With her eyes of faith fixed on the eternal, she had found the secret of true satisfaction and contentment. Where did she get this strength? This perspective? She had been with Jesus in his Word. She had seen his glory on the mountain top. May that same glory you have seen today transform you.