I thought that maybe God wanted me to get up a few hours early since I had missed my daily Bible reading. I got up and went to another room to read. The chapters I began reading were 2 Samuel 16-18. In this passage, the people reject David in favor of his deceitful son, Absalom; and he fears for his life. His servant lies to him; a man curses him and throws stones at him, and he is exhausted. Meanwhile at his palace, his enemies plot against him; his son sleeps with his 10 stepmothers (David’s wives), and the entire army is mobilized to find and kill him. Next, David’s loyal commanding officer disobeys a direct order and kills Absalom; David mourns his loss, and slips into a self-pitying despair.
I am reading all this, and I am thinking, “Wow! I thought I had problems!” About that time, the sun began to glow just below the horizon. I realized that God had given me a brand new day and an encouragement to face it with renewed strength. I also remembered that every day should begin with putting on the armor of God by praying and reading His word.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee. Psalm 63:1 KJV