The last story of Samuel is a tough one, but it shows the importance again of learning and listening to God’s leading in all of our lives. We let out a big Journey “Thank you, sir!” to Gary Holloway, who wrote more than fifty, yes fifty devotionals on 1 and 2 Samuel! I don’t know of another source where you can get fifty devotionals on these important books on the lives of the first kings of Israel than The Journey Bible Project Devotional blog. Tell your friends and ask them to sign up for the daily blog posts they can receive by email.
When in 2 Samuel 23:1-39 David speaks about his kingdom, it sounds like bragging, but is it?
Today’s entry in The Journey Bible Project blog is pretty cool, because here David sings a song (2 Samuel 22:1-51) that is the same as Psalm 18. What do we do when we realize how much God has done for us? David sings and calls others to sing with him!
In 2 Samuel 21:1-22 we see another example of the truth of Nathan’s prophecy over David’s sin, the consequences of David’s and Israel’s sins that David and the next generations must endure.
The story of David at this point is a classic study of what one king does when it seems everyone has turned against him.
David has done such a good job of capturing the hearts and minds of even his former enemies, that soon the men of Israel are arguing with the men of Judah over who is more loyal to David. Today’s Journey Bible Project blog calls us to become merciful to those who wish to harm us.
The Journey Bible Project is based on listening four years to the voice of God, not the competing voices of our culture and politics and social media today. Are you listening to the wise, loving voices or the foolish, hateful voices in our culture today?
What do you do when critics throw dirt at you? Do you react? How did David respond when a critic threw dirt and curses at him?
While David is forgiven for the sins he commits, there are still consequences for sins in his house. In 2 Samuel 13:1-39, David’s sons take matters into their own hands when David fails to discipline his son for a terrible sin.
In today’s Journey Bible Project blog from 2 Samuel 14:1-33, we learn of a prophetess who has a message for David.
Have you ever been confronted by someone for a sin you’d committed? How did you respond. Today we look at David’s response to being confronted for grievous sins (2 Samuel 12:1-10).
After reading this devotional on 2 Samuel 11:1-27, you can also listen to a sermon delivered by Jo Morton on this story that seems ripped from the headlines of today’s problems of sexual harassment and abuse.
Are you able to show kindness to people you do not like? Your sworn enemies? David models kindness to enemies that foreshadows the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:46.
Why does God give David victory wherever he went? We’re not exactly sure, but we are told God loved David, even after his sin with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 12:24-25).
In today’s Journey Bible Project Blog, Gary Holloway offers a story about how God establishes the house of David. Take a moment to ponder as you read this blog and 2 Samuel 7, who has established where you live, move, and have your being.
Do you become overly self-aware in worship? Are you willing to become undignified in order to worship how the Holy Spirit is leading you to worship or serve? David in 2 Samuel 6 becomes very undignified, but why? What happens when he really worships without any thought of how he looks?