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June 10 2018
2 Samuel 3:8-21(CSB)
Regardless of one’s personal political views or party affiliation most people today would agree that the political climate in the United States in recent months and years has been nothing short of exhausting.
It seems like every time you pick up a newspaper flip to a cable news channel or scroll through your social media accounts there is some new controversy involving our country’s government. Add to this the cultural revolution that has shifted much of the country’s collective worldview away from the truth of Scripture and it’s easy to get discouraged.
Yet while it is understandable for Christians to find frustration with the way the world is it shouldn’t come as a surprise to us. The world as it currently exists is not our eternal home but thankfully we can trust that God’s purposes will be accomplished.
In 2 Samuel 3:8-11 we read part of the story of how David became king of Israel. In this passage Abner who was a cousin of Saul the first king of Israel and Judah and also the commander in Saul’s army was angry with Ish-bosheth Saul’s son. Ish-bosheth had claimed Abner was seeking the throne following Saul’s death at the hand of an Amalekite following a battle with the Philistines at Mount Gilboa (2 Sam. 1:6-10).
“May God punish Abner and do so severely if I don’t do for David what the LORD swore to him: to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and establish the throne of David over Israel and Judah from Dan to Beer-sheba” (2 Sam. 3:9-10).
After hearing this Ish-bosheth did not respond. He was afraid of Abner because he knew Abner was speaking truth.
Abner knew that although he did not understand how David would become the new king of Israel it would happen because God had promised it and God always keeps His promises.