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Thursday, September 17, 2015
THE HIDDEN AGENDA – 2 Samuel 2:1-4; 5:1-3
by Bonnie Ricks
course of time, David inquired of the LORD. "Shall I go up to one of the
towns of Judah ?"
The LORD said, "Go up."
David asked, "Where shall I go?"
"To Hebron ,"
the LORD answered.
So David went up there with
his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of
Carmel . David also
took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in
Hebron and its
towns. Then the men of Judah
came to Hebron and there they anointed David
king over the house of Judah .2 Samuel 2:1-4 NIV
the tribes of Israel came to
David at Hebron
and said, "We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, while Saul
was king over us, you were the one who led
Israel on their military campaigns.
And the LORD said to you, 'You will shepherd my people
Israel , and you will become their
When all the elders of
Israel had come to King David at
Hebron , the king made a compact with them at
Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over
Israel .2 Samuel 5:1-3 NIV
Without confirmation of any sort, David followed what He thought God
wanted him to do, packed up his entire nation and moved to
Hebron . The events that followed were filled
with intrigue, deceit, murder, and other acts of violence. To put it
mildly, the circumstances were less than ideal. But God accomplished His
In our lives, it is rare that we function in what could be considered
ideal circumstances. As a matter of fact, there are times that we wish we
could just get through one day without a problem of some sort. We
complain and fret, wishing we had things better. We notice other people
whose lives seem to run smoothly, and we envy them. We argue with God
that He should bless us more. All the while, He is blessing us. But
we are so busy worrying about the circumstances that we fail to see His
Through our adversity, He strengthens us. Through our trials, our
faith grows. Even in the midst of impossible circumstances, He is
there. In the midst of all the mayhem of our lives, we can trust God to
continue to work to bring about His will.
“…for it is
God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good
Philippians 2:13 NIV