The people of Israel were talking about reappointing David but the leaders were doing nothing about it
2 Samuel 19.9-30
Reference: v. 11 King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests: "Ask the elders of Judah, 'Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his palace, since what is being said throughout Israel has reached the king at his quarters?'
Explore: Absalom had been defeated, there was no one on the throne of Israel and so all the people were starting to ask why David had not been invited back as king. It seems that all the common folk were asking the good questions and yet the leadership of the country were taking their time in confronting the issues before them.
Application: It's sad to say that we often find this in some church leadership too. If there is an issue that is common knowledge to everyone sometimes it can be the leadership that are the last ones willing to confront it. If we are in any position of leadership it is our responsibility to know what is important to the people we are leading. We don't always have to bow down to everything the people want, but it's certainly important for us to understand what they're thinking. Even David in his exiled state was aware of what the people were saying. God always hears what we are saying. He doesn't always jump at our every whime but we can be assured that He has heard.
Prayer: Lord, there are often big issues that come up in life that make me want to just bury my head in the sand. However I know that with your strength I can do anything. Help me to be wise and understanding today. Amen.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.