2 Samuel 1
After David had returned from rescuing his family, he rested 2 days. Then finally someone made it to him with news of the battle between the Philistines, Saul and the people of Israel. Unfortunately we know the news was not good. When David learned of the death of Saul and Jonathan as well as the defeat of the Israelites, he did not rejoice as some might have at the death of his enemy. No, instead he mourned. Why? First because his people had been defeated. But more importantly, the king was dead. Even though Saul had treated David horribly, he was the King of Israel. He deserved to be mourned because he was the chosen leader of God. David understood that when we show honor to God’s leaders, we show honor to the God who chose them. The men, or women, may make mistakes, but we need to still treat them with respect for their position of leadership. Until God removes them from the position we must show them honor because it is the godly thing to do!
Make a list of those in God given places of authority in your family’s life. (Don’t just include pastors and church leaders, but remember that civic leaders, police, teachers, and bosses are there by God’s choice too!)
Discuss how we should show honor to each of them.