Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 1 Scripture Selection: II Samuel 1-4
Food for Thought: II Sam. 1:1-12
David’s reaction to the news of the death of King Saul surprised many people. After all the years of irrational persecution by Saul and all the hardship that it caused David, his men, and their families, they expected him to rejoice, celebrate with a feast, and then rush in to take his place. But he didn’t. He mourned his death and the deaths of his dear friend Jonathan his son and the people of the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
David demonstrates a concept that is very important for us Christians today. Though perhaps difficult to grasp with our natural mind, we can achieve it when we walk in love and by the Spirit. The Word tells us in Proverbs 24:17, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.” (Note: this does not apply to nations as they defend themselves against aggressors and fight for justice; rather, this concept is for personal application.)
As Christians, we must remember that our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual evil forces (Eph. 6:12) who happen to be working in and through human beings, people whom God loves unconditionally—people he gave his life for. Their demise is not something to celebrate. It is tragic because if they do not receive Christ in this life, at their death they find themselves in the horrible reality that they are forever condemned to hell, the place created for Satan and the fallen angels and never intended for humans created in God’s image. This fact brings no satisfaction to the Lord, nor to anyone who loves with His love.
Contrary to the world’s way of doing things, Jesus gives a totally different way of viewing and dealing with our “enemies” in Matthew 5:43-45 when He says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Because the Lord loves them, we should love them, too, and certainly not rejoice in their misfortune.
Eventually, there is justice for every wrong anyway, and the Lord will take care of that in His time. In the mean time, we can do as Romans 12:19-21 (and Prov. 25:21, 22) indicates: “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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