Today’s Reading – 2 Samuel Chapters 19-21
But the men of Israel answered the men of Judah and said, ‘We have ten parts in the king, therefore we also have more claim on David than you. Why then did you treat us with contempt? Was it not our advice first to bring back our king?’ Yet the words of the men of Judah were harsher than the words of the men of Israel.2 Samuel 19:43
The rebellion has been quashed and David is set to return as king, but quarreling breaks out between the northern tribes of Israel and the people of Judah. The men of Israel were annoyed by the fact that David’s supporters in Judah made it to the Jordan and helped the king cross over without sharing the privilege with them. The harsh words that were exchanged between the men of Israel and Judah were an evidence of the discontent. This discontent will lead to another rebellion.
We would never behave that way. Would we?
When we find success (or victory), how often do we find those that come running to “join” in the celebration? How often do we respond by staking our claim in the victory won by another?
No wonder Jesus kept trying to teach us about humility.
Rebellion often begins with an argument over who is the most important.
That was certainly the case with David’s kingdom.
It is also the case for us today.
We need to be careful with the use of the “I” when considering life’s journey.
While celebrating that Homerun you hit, you might stop to consider:
Who it was that fearfully and wonderfully knit you together in your mother’s womb.
Next time success comes your way, trying share it with others and remember to credit God for all the gifts and talents He has given you.
You just might avoid a rebellion and that rebellion could be your own.
Tomorrow’s Readings – Psalms 5, 38, and 41-42