Text: 2 Samuel 1-3; Proverbs 30
As 2 Samuel opens, two scenarios unfold which repeat a theme. First, an Amelekite man claims to have killed King Saul. Given Saul’s murderous pursuit of David, that would seem to be a good deed. David’s perspective is otherwise – as he has always considered Saul as God’s anointed king (true), and thus to be honored and protected (also true). Then, Saul’s son Ish-bosheth sets himself against David. Abner, who had commanded Saul’s army, stands with Ish-bosheth for a season, then decides to follow David. Then, David’s general, Joab, murders Abner. Here, too, he believes he is doing David a service. In fact, David is very unhappy about it. The common theme: acting on speculation on behalf of the king is folly.
The application? When we serve our King Jesus, we ought to take great care to seek and understand His will. Sometimes the King’s heart is different than we might guess. That means that guessing is out. Seek the Lord in prayer. Measure all things against His perfect Word. Do not guess about what would please Him.
in Him, Mike