2 Samuel 12 - Day 382 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: 2 Samuel 12:13-14
Observation: The Lord is displeased with David and sends Nathan the prophet to confront him.
Application: The penalty for sin is death. However, sometimes it's not our death but someone close to us. In this story, David and Bathsheba's innocent infant is sacrificed for their adulterous affair. How have my sins destroyed the lives of those around me?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner....
2 Samuel 11 - Day 381 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:1
Observation: Instead of leading his troops into battle, David stays behind in Jerusalem.
Application: The book of Romans tells us that "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." David should have done what was expected of him and led his troops to war. Instead, in his idle time, he commits adultery and murders one of his mighty men.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner...
2 Samuel 10 - Day 380 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: 2 Samuel 10:-4
Observation: Hanun, son of king Nahash is swayed by his advisors and humiliates David's emissaries.
Application: It's important to have wise counselors to help you navigate through the difficult decisions in your life. If Hanun had these trusted men or women that he could have turned to, then tens of thousands of Ammonites would have been spared.
Prayer: Lord, help me to discern the righteous path and provided Godly men and women to help me follow You...
2 Samuel 9 - Day 379 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: 2 Samuel 9:1-8
Observation: David keeps his promise to his deceased friend Jonathan.
Application: I've learned that doing the right thing, especially when no one is watching, draws us closer to God. Obviously, David learned this lesson too.
Prayer: Lord, I just want to make You proud...
2 Samuel 8 - Day 378 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: 2 Samuel 8:14b
Observation: God gives David military victories over Israel's enemies.
Application: If God is for us, then who can be against us. Although the world has changed since David and the Israelites defeated their enemies on the battlefields, human nature has not. There are many who worship false gods and oppose Jesus vehemently. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart...
Prayer: Lord, empower us to love You with all of our heart, mind, and soul. And to love our neighbor as ourselves...