2 Samuel 8
King David is finally in charge of all of Israel as Samuel had prophesied so many years ago. Since there is now peace within his borders, David turns to creating peace around him. With his mighty army, David begins conquering the people around Israel: The Philistines, the Moabites, Hadadezer the King of Zobah, the Syrians, and others. Stationing men in garrisons throughout these countries, David firmly established control of his neighbors. He also confiscated huge amounts of plunder in the form of bronze, silver and gold. In addition many of the conquered territories sent him tribute.
So what did David do with all the loot? Build a statue of himself? Decorate his palace? No! David set it aside and collected it for the temple his son would build!! In a previous lesson we learned that David wasn’t allowed to build the temple himself, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t get materials ready!! David may not have been allowed to do all he wanted, but he didn’t give up the dream completely. He made sure that when the time came, Solomon would have everything he need to build a magnificent temple for the Lord!!
Have you ever tried out for a team and not made it? How did you respond? How should someone respond? There are 2 options. You can give up completely and never have anything to do with that activity again or you can keep practicing to try to do better next year. You can still participate by going to their games and cheering them on. Go watch practice and see how you can improve. Even if you never make the team, you don’t have to completely give up something you love. Being a spectator or a helper can be a lot of fun too!
How can we overcome disappointment? How can we show perseverance even when we don’t make the “cut”?