Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"

From Bad to Worse

Dispatch (Assignment): Read 2 Samuel 9:1 - 11:27, John 15:1-27, Psalm 119:49-64, and Proverbs 16:1-3.

Briefing: From Bad to Worse

On the Street: (2 Samuel 11:14-15) We see what happened to David when he stepped out of the spirit to live in the desires of the flesh. David lusted after the wife of a friend. He got her pregnant, he lied about it, and now he commits murder to cover it up. This is the ugly path of the flesh. We have all done things we are not proud of, but do we compound it by making one bad decision after another?

In the story before this, we saw Hanun, the newly named king of the Ammonites, make a very unwise decision to humiliate David's men when they came to pay respect for Hanun's father (chapter 10). When Hanun realized his error in judgment, he should have swallowed his pride and apologized. Instead, he made a bad situation worse by going to war with Israel where, "David killed seven hundred of their charioteers and forty thousand of their foot soldiers". The next spring, Israel went back to war against them and destroyed them. Pride, ego, and arrogance are dangerous and unwise. David saw this in Hanun but he did not recognize it in himself.

Investigational Resources: 2 Samuel 10.

Officer Safety Principle: Pray for wisdom and discernment so that you will recognize when you have strayed off the path. When you see this happening, humbly run back to the path and repent. God is a good God.

©2022 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
All scripture quotations are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.
The One Year Bible © by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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