Day 139 reading: 2 Samuel, chapters 19-21
You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead. Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall. (19:6-7, NIV)
I your servant know that I have sinned, but today I have come here as the first of the whole house of Joseph to come down and meet my lord the king. (19:20, NIV)
Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, also went down to meet the king. He had not taken care of his feet or trimmed his mustache or washed his clothes from the day the king left until the day he returned safely. (19: 24, NIV)
So all the men of Israel deserted David to follow Sheba son of Bicri. But the men of Judah stayed by their king all the way from the Jordan to Jerusalem. (20:2, NIV)
One of Joab’s men stood beside Amasa and said, “Whoever favors Joab, and whoever is for David, let him follow Joab!” (20:11, NIV)
The king spared Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath before the Lord between David and Jonathan son of Saul. (21:7, NIV)
They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the tomb of Saul’s father Kish, at Zela in Benjamin, and did everything the king commanded. After that, God answered prayer in behalf of the land. (21:14, NIV)
Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.” (21:17, NIV)
Today’s reading has me focusing on loyalty. Bonds and loyalty and brotherhood and honor seem to be the themes of our scriptures. It makes me think of all the different loyalties I honor in my own life.
to my parents,
to my husband
Loyalty to my spiritual leaders,
Loyalty to my hopes
I worry sometimes that my loyalties and energies are spreading too thin, but then I realize that as long as the Lord God is #1 on my loyalty list, all of my other service will be in line with His will and direction for my little life. He will give me the energy and power and perseverance to cover all those that fit within His plan; the others I don’t even need to concern myself with, He’s got them covered.
Make it a great day,