Sep 9, 2018
It just seems like David can’t get a break. Everything came hard for this young man. Even with Saul out of the way, the path to the throne was still covered in land mines of all kinds. And while David may have thought that, with Saul’s death, the throne was now vacant, he was in for a big surprise. Because it seems that Saul had yet another son who, unlike Jonathan, had not been killed in battle, but was alive and well. And Abner, Saul’s military commander decided to anoint the surviving son of Saul as the heir to his father’s throne. The next thing David knew, he had a competitor for the crown and a civil war to fight. Not only had the people of Israel been defeated by the Philistines, now they were fighting among themselves. Not exactly the way David wanted to begin his reign. But, in spite of the circumstances, God was still in control. He was fulfilling His plan according to His sovereign will. None of this caught God off guard. And David was learning to trust God in spite of the circumstances.