Prayer: Dear God, may be remember you are our light and be faithful and disciplined in our own lives. Amen
Reading: 2 Samuel 11: 1-15 (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: You just can't make people do what you want them to do. Whether we think it would be in their best interest or because it would serve our own best interest, trying to control another person simply is not a good idea.
David had many military victories but it was in his personal battle of doing right or wrong where he failed. He got himself into a bind with Bathsheba and, to cover his mistake, he tried to scheme a way to make it look like the child was actually Uriah's, Bathsheba's husband. But Uriah, a soldier in a time of battle, would not go home to his wife. David just could not get Uriah to do what he wanted him to do.
From the margin notes in my Bible, "Uriah, whose name means 'God is my light,' proves more faithful and disciplined than the lustful King David." Better to walk in God's light than make others walk in our wake.
-- Ruth Gates
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