June 2

2 Samuel 19:11-20:13; John 21:1-25; Psalm 120:1-7; Proverbs 16:16-17

David is an excellent example of how you handle victory! Many people will say, “You just wait until I get through this, I will show them.” Or, “Once I make it to the top, I’m going to get even with all those who mistreated me.” However, thoughts like this and statements like this disqualify us for God to intervene in our lives.

Even though David was betrayed by people he trusted when the dust settled, David was not trying to get even with people. He wanted to find ways to reconcile with people. His counselors and advisors wanted swift retribution against all his enemies. In fact, it was the prevailing mindset that those who hurt the king would be hurt. But, David establishes a new paradigm. This is why David was considered a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:14).

How about you? Can you commit in your heart now, that when all your prayers are answered and you stand victorious through your challenges, will you be a source of blessing or retaliation? Will you be gracious even to those who hurt you? After all, it’s the blessing of the Lord that makes us rich and He adds no sorrow. You being in a place of blessing should add blessings to people too!

Tomorrow’s Reading: 2 Samuel 20:14-21:22; Acts 1:1-26; Psalm 121:1-8; Proverbs 16:18

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