DCLM Daily Manna 22 January 2023
KEY VERSE: 2 Samuel 2:1 – And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.
TEXT: 2 Samuel 2:1-7 (KJV)
In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked.
The Lord said, “Go up.”
David asked, “Where shall I go?”
“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.
2 So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 3 David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns. 4 Then the men of Judah came to Hebron,and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah.
When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul, 5 he sent messengers to them to say to them, “The Lord bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him. 6 May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this. 7 Now then, be strong and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me king over them.”
A blind man that does not follow the leading of his guide will sooner or later fall into a ditch. Humans are myopic and shortsighted. They need the guidance of God Almighty who sees the end from the beginning. God is all-seeing and all-knowing. He is perfect and is not capable of making mistakes.
Every human being, therefore, needs to seek His face through prayer before taking any important step or embarking on any journey in life. We need God’s perfect guidance in all areas of life such as marriage, choice of profession or business, where to work or where to settle.
King Saul and his son, Jonathan, the bosom friend of David, had died and Israel mourned for them. After this, David turned to God to know whether he should relocate or not, to which of the cities of Judah should he head, if God gave him permission. God immediately answered him, telling him to relocate to Hebron where he was subsequently to be officially anointed as king.
It is important to note the prompt obedience of David, the man after God’s own heart. When a believer prays for God’s leading, it is necessary to show prompt obedience just as David demonstrated.
The good will message of David to the people of Jabeshgilead is equally instructive. Even through King Saul died as his enemy, David did not see him as such, but considered him a respectable and anointed servant of God. David showed deep appreciation to the people of Jabeshgilead who had honoured King Saul following the desecration of his body by the Philistines.
As believers, we should not see any human being as an enemy. The only enemy we have is Satan. We are commanded to recompense to no man evil for evil (Romans 12:17-21). Besides, like David, we should always seek God’s leading as we journey through life.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When God is leading, arriving at your destination is sure.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Exodus 20-22
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Daily Manna 22 January 2023