Grieving King

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 12:15-31

As David's first son with Bathsheba takes ill, David is heartbroken, distressed and grief-stricken because he has already been told by Nathan that the child is going to die. But after he receives word of his son's death, David's thinking and behavior completely change. Instead of continuing to mourn, David gets up, washes, anoints himself, changes his clothes, worships God and then eats. He recognizes that God is in control, and takes comfort in the fact that he will see his son again in heaven (vs. 23). David then turns his focus back to the tasks at hand, comforting Bathsheba and taking charge of his army.

What did you see or learn about grieving, death and/or God's sovereignty from this passage? Tami

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David got up and worshipped God soon after the child died. He may have been disappointed that his prayers were not answered, but he never lost sight of the fact that God is in control. We are to praise and worship Him in spite of our circumstances.

This devotion today was especially powerful because I learnt yesterday that one of my work colleagues has been diagnosed with cancer. in 2 Sam 12: 15- 31, David sets a good example for me to follow in how I should respond.

David's actions are a great example to teach us to be mature Christians. Even though God had pronounced his judgement, he persisted in prayer and fasting. And after his child died, he accepted God's punishment, without question.
He cuts short his grieving, immediately after the child's death, to fulfil his responsibilties.

David's recognition of God's sovereignty upon the child's death is both encouraging and a sign of his own integrity. Many, in the face of such circumstances, blame Good and turn their backs on Him. David does quite the opposite.

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