Daily Reading & Prayer


April 20, 2021


2 Samuel 2:1-3:51 Chronicles 3:1-4a2 Samuel 23:8-391 Chronicles 11:10-47


2 Samuel 2:1, 3-4, “After this David inquired of the Lord, 'Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?’ And the Lord said to him, ‘Go up.’ David said, ‘To which shall I go up?’ And He said, ‘To Hebron.’ … And David brought up his men who were with him, everyone with his household, and they lived in the towns of Hebron. And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.”Per God’s instruction, David was first anointed to be Israel’s king by the prophet Samuel. But, he was still a young shepherd caring for his father’s flock, so it was a role that he didn’t fulfill immediately. From the time he was anointed to the time he took the throne, he dealt with numerous trials, fought many battles, and lived on the run under the threat of his homicidal father-in-law, Saul, Israel’s first king. (Imagine the awkward conversations at those family dinners!)In the time between David’s first anointing and becoming king, he continued to both seek the Lord and obey His commands. Within this waiting period, he was anointed a second time — an assurance that God’s plan for his life would still come to pass. So, David trusted in God’s timing; he wholeheartedly lived to do what God wanted him to do — whether it was in a pasture, on the battlefield, or even hiding in a cave. He sought to fulfill God’s plans and purposes while he waited to be king.God wants to use us in a multitude of ways. Though we may sometimes have big opportunities, He often uses us in ordinary day-to-day circumstances such as sharing and showing Christ’s love to others or serving Him within the church. What is God calling you to do right now? You were anointed, set apart for His service, the moment you accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Therefore, seek God’s will, obey His commands, and, like David, be patient as you trust in His perfect timing!



Father, I trust that You have a unique plan and purpose for my life! I am here to serve You in any way possible — big or small. In Your amazing love, You have called me by name, forgiven my sins, and changed my life. Thank You, Lord! Be glorified in me! Amen.

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