Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Daily Devotion: Ishbosheth

Bible Reading: II Samuel 2:8-12 and II Samuel 4

Key Verse: Verse II Samuel 4:5- “And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon.

Key Words: who lay on a bed at noon

Ishbosheth was the youngest of Saul’s four sons. His three brothers along with his father were slain in the battle at Gilboa around 1,000 B.C. Being the only remaining son in the royal lineage, he was according to the law the successor to the throne. His reign only lasted for two years. He was not known as a good king but a lazy king. When those who rebelled against him desired to take his life, they found him at noontime still in bed.

A student once wrote to the famous preacher, Henry Ward Beecher, asking him how to obtain “an easy job.” Mr. Beecher replied, “If that’s your attitude, you’ll never amount to anything. You cannot be an editor or become a lawyer or think of entering the ministry. None of these professions is easy. You will have to forget the fields of merchandising and shipping, abhor the practice of politics, and forget about the difficult field of medicine. To be a farmer or even a good soldier, you must study and think. My son, you have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is in the grave.”

Always remember, the Bible promises no loaves to the loafer.

What to do:
✞ Be ashamed to find yourself idle.

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