Daily Bible Reading:
- Day 1: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
- Day 2: 2 Samuel 1:1-27
- Day 3: 2 Samuel 2:1-32
- Day 4: 2 Samuel 3:1-39
- Day 5: 2 Samuel 4:1-12
Week 32: 2 Samuel 2:1-11 (David has a Rival King)
- Let’s be honest. When you have an important decision to make, how much time do you spend seeking the counsel of the Lord? In what ways do you seek the counsel of the Lord? In what ways does He answer?
- After the death of Saul, David “inquired of the Lord” concerning his return to Judah. What two things did God reveal to David in response? How did David react to God’s leadership?
- Earlier God had referred to David as “a man after His own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14). How does David’s example in this instance reflect His heart for God? What does it indicate when we make decisions apart from God’s counsel?
- After David returned to Hebron, what honor did the men of Judah give him? David sought God’s counsel instead of seeking the crown. What conclusions can we draw from this about David’s personal walk with God?
- Even though Saul was David’s enemy, David blessed those who honored Saul in his death. Why do you think he did this? In what ways does this consistent quality in David’s life make him someone easy to respect?
- It was God’s will for David to be the King. However, there was immediate conflict and Ish-bosheth became his rival for the throne. Why is following God’s will often difficult and filled with challenges?
- Can you share about a time in your own life when following God’s will was difficult and challenging? In what ways did you grow spiritually through this personal experience?
- When God’s will is challenging, why is it important to persevere?
- Let’s pray for one another today to have steadfast perseverance in following God’s will even when it is difficult and challenging.