2 Samuel 2:8-11
While the men of Judah sought the Lord’s will and made David their king, the rest of the nation decided to follow the lead of the army. (Didn’t Samuel warn them that having a king could cause them to stop following God?) Abner, who had been the leader of Saul’s army, chose Saul’s son, Ishbosheth, to be the new king. We are told that Ishbosheth was 40 years old at the time.
But why would Abner, a fierce warrior, want Ishbosheth, whose battle abilities are never mentioned, instead of the mighty warrior, David? The people of Israel needed a strong leader to lead them to defeat all their enemies, why choose Ishbosheth? Fear. I believe that Abner was afraid that if David became king, he would kill Abner for fighting against him all these years. Abner assumed that because that was what he would probably do, David would do the same. Abner picked a leader that would leave him in charge. But what do you think? Would David treat Abner that way or would David have realized that Abner was following the orders of the king and been forgiving? I believe that David would have been forgiving. Abner and the other leaders should have sought God’s will, which we know was for David to be king, and trusted that all would be well. Instead they made Ishbosheth king and would have to deal with the consequences to come.
We need to remember to always seek God’s will. And even when the answers look scary, we need to trust and go God’s way, it always goes best!!
Place several food items on a table. Some healthy, some not. Ask your child which one they would want to eat every day. Then ask which would be a wise choice to eat every day. Are they the same? Talk about how our wants aren’t always good choices. Talk about why some of the foods are better than others. Remind them God’s choices are always the best!