Between David and Abner:
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker. – 2 SAMUEL 3:1
The events recorded in chapter 2 led to a long war between David’s followers and the troops loyal to Abner and Ish-Bosheth. Civil war rocked the country at great cost to both sides. This war occurred because Israel and Judah had lost sight of God’s vision and purpose: to settle the land (Genesis 12:7), to drive out the Canaanites (Deuteronomy 7:1-4), and to obey God’s laws (Deuteronomy 8:1). Instead of uniting to accomplish these goals, they fought each other. When you face conflict, step back from the hostilities and consider whether you and your enemy have common goals that are bigger than your differences. Appeal to those interests as you work for a settlement.
©Kingsway International Church 1973.