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Sunday, March 31, 2013

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God had promised David that he would become king over Israel. The fulfillment of that prediction came about as a result of God’s blessings but also required human cooperation.

David was a magnanimous leader. In a campaign, when three of his soldiers risked their lives in order to bring him some water, he refused to drink it. He would not satisfy his thirst at the peril of his men’s lives. While persecuted by Saul he refused to kill him, when circumstances easily allowed him to do so. For these reasons, David was deeply loved and respected by his soldiers and most people of Israel.  

Competition never bothered David. He was sure of his own abilities as a soldier and undoubtedly held his best soldiers in the highest regards. He went to great lengths in honoring them. In 1 Chronicles 11 we see the Hall of Fame list of David’s finest warriors. We are also told about “the Thirty” and “the Three” warriors, which were unsurpassed in David’s time.

David teaches us the importance of waiting on Lord’s promises and also doing our best to bring about God’s plans in our lives. We also learn from him that success depends a lot on the quality of our relationships.

Dear God, may we be kind and polite to those around us, but above all may they feel that we love and cherish them.

 

Jobson Santos
Adventist Media Center
Brazil