Daily Devotions

Fleeing, rejected and abused

David was coming up against hardship at every turn but he still endured all to serve God faithfully 2 Samuel 16.1-14 Reference: v. 5b-6a His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out. He pelted David and all the king's officials with stones… Explore: David was not having a good…

Somebody to lean on

David was fleeing from Absalom but he was willing to accept the support from an unlikely subject 2 Samuel 15.1-37 Reference: v.22 David said to Ittai, "Go ahead, march on." So Ittai the Gittite marched on with all his men and the families that were with him.   Explore: David had to flee from Jerusalem…

Love is Blindness

David does not see the mutiny from his own son 2 Samuel 15.1-12 Reference: v. 9 The king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he went to Hebron. Explore: Absalom has arrived back in Jerusalem and has now spent four years deceiving the king and stealing the hearts of David’s people. And when Absalom…

Am I getting your attention?

Absalom went to extreme lengths to get Joab’s attention 2 Samuel 14.1-33 Reference: v.31 Then Joab did go to Absalom’s house and he said to him, “Why have your servants set my field on fire?” Explore: Absalom needed to seeing Joab so that he could speak to the King on his behalf. However, Joab had…

Personal ambition

Absalom abused his leadership position for his own personal vendetta 2 Samuel 13.23-39 Reference: v.28 Absalom ordered his men, “Listen! When Amnon is in high spirits from drinking wine and I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down,’ then kill him. Don’t be afraid. Have not I given you this order? Be strong and brave.”  …

Wise advisors

Amnon was easily led astray with horrendous advice2 Samuel 13.1-22 Reference: ; v. 3 Now Amnon had a friend named Jonadab son of Simeah, David’s brother. Jonadab was a very shrewd man. Explore: Even at a time when God’s anointed king was on the throne, there was still abuse and destruction in the world, and…

Wise investments

God gave David everything and yet he still wanted more 2 Samuel 12.1-31 Reference: v. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Explore:…

Negative assumptions

Even though Nahash had shown kindness to David, his son decided for himself 2 Samuel 10.1-19 Reference: v. 2 David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Hahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father. Explore: I don’t…

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