When I read this passage in 2 Samuel chapter 1, I was searching for something the Lord would have me write about today. Unlike many days, nothing really was obvious for a while. But then I read this line which appears a few times in David’s lament:
How the mighty have fallen
David was in a place called Ziklag, when he received news from a young Amalekite that Saul and Jonathan were dead. Saul was in battle and believed he was going to be killed by his enemies, when this young Amalekite cam across him. The young man recognised Saul, as the King of Israel and clearly knew who he was and who his son was. Saul asked the young man to kill him, which the young man then proceeded to do. He then brought news to David that both Saul and Jonathan were dead. David had the young man killed for the young man himself recognised that Saul had been God’s anointed and yet he still did not hesitate to kill Saul, even though it was on his instruction.
It reminds me that we need to be careful to follow the advice of God only, and not the advice of godly men. Godly men can be right 99% of the time but they are fallible and can fall into sin.
But this line “How the mighty have fallen” made me think about things people assume are in the Bible. How many times have you heard people say “God helps those who help themself” . Then if you question them they say “well it’s in the Bible somewhere”.
Actually – IT’S NOT!
And that is my point. There are many saying in the English language that come from the Bible. Like for example “there is no rest for the wicked”. (see the post for December 12 on this blog). But you need to always KNOW what the Bible says, rather than assume. So today let me encourage you to use the Bible like you would a text book from school days, where you go to double check facts. The difference is that the Bible is always trustworthy. It has not changed for thousands of years and it is the inspired Word of God. The Bible impacts our lives in many ways. I mean after all, what is today’s date? The date itself is xxx AD, meaning the number of years since our Lord (ante domini) – even the date today is based on the life of Jesus.
The Bible is awesome.