Reading: 2 Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: We have heard the story of Samuel anointing David to become King after Saul. The rest of David brothers were not chosen and finally David was called in from the fields, away from his sheep, and Samuel said he's the one. We have heard how David, the shepherd, was the only one willing to fight the giant Goliath and he won.
Finally, in today's text, David becomes King over Israel. He was 30 years old and he reigned for 40 years. Needless to say, there is a lot more to David's story. A LOT more! But, these are the only verses for today. Perhaps they are the most important, the last one especially.
And (David) became more and more powerful because the LORD Good Almighty was with him. 2 Samuel 5: 10.
We are sometimes the unlikely ones chosen for tasks. We sometimes have to face giant challenges. There is a lot more to our stories. A LOT more! Perhaps the most important part of our stories is that the LORD God Almighty is with us. Why? Because that is where our power is from. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper