2 Samuel 20
God Working in Human Messiness
The content of this chapter is a reminder that David’s return to Jerusalem did not resolve all the issues that the rebellion of Absalom had brought out into the open. Sheba’s revolt and the feud between Joab and Amasa indicate a less than stable situation in the kingdom. Perhaps the best and most sustaining thing that can be said is that God’s purposes work themselves out in the messy realities of people’s ambitions, failures, wickedness, and struggles. We ought not to despair in our own day of God working out his purposes in our world of ideological, religious, and political complexity and in our own personal life circumstances.
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Generosity and the Power of a Good Example
The Lord Jesus made almsgiving a matter of concealing e from the left hand what the right hand is doing. In short, generosity is not for show but for expressing unpretentious love for God and for others.
However, examples of great generosity and sacrifice humbly performed to do good and not to self- promote can stir the heart and conscience of others like nothing else can. This is true whether the giving is in one’s time, resources, activities, or life.
Two great examples are cited here: that of the Lord Jesus and that of the churches of Macedonia. What do we offer in service to God that may incidentally cause others to be generous also?