For my next page, I mediated on the story of how David still lost his child, even though he was repentant. Just because God forgives us, doesn't mean there still won't be consequences of our sin. For example, people who abuse food, drugs, or alcohol can have affects on their body that will last the rest of their lives, and/or relationships affected by sinful behavior may never be again what they once were.
Another part of this passage was how David still worshipped the Lord, even though his prayer to save his son went unanswered. That is a difficult, yet important thing to do, for it shows we put our trust in Him and His will.
I further illustrated this story by using a verse from Ephesians. David's other son, Absalom was furious with his brother's treatment of his sister and he was provoked to anger because his father did nothing about it.
David is brought low from his inactivity to discipline his own sons. He has to flee for his life from his own kingdom and while he is down and out he is cursed from a villager. David could have had his guards kill the man for his hateful words, but instead he humbled himself and was willing to hear what God might say to him through a cursing critic. The story reminded me of the verse in James 4: "Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up." It's hard not to defend yourself when criticized, or attack back.
Bible Journaling isn't always pretty pictures. Here I wrote some notes from a Bible commentary to help me understand this chapter.
For the next two pages I did both: created a pretty page, but then added in some bible commentary notes to help me more deeply grasp the scriptures.
David's throne was eventually restored to him, but at the cost of his son's life. The Lord had once again rescued him.
I really got a chuckle over the verse "There happened to be a troublemaker there..." so I created a page all about how I shouldn't be a trouble maker. Unfortunately we all have known people who are trouble makers. I'm sure I have been one myself many times. God desires us to be peacemakers, not trouble makers, so I wrote a little prayer to God asking Him to help me to be a peacemaker. Then I added some Bible Commentary notes about the chapter and a Bible verse of how we should not devise evil, but be counselors of peace.
I absolutely love it when I can use paint in my Bible. Here I created a sunrise using craft paint then I stamped and hand wrote a verse over it.
For my next page, I stamped and hand wrote a verse from Chapter 23 on top and then added some notes about Chapter 24 on the bottom. Some times when I read my Bible, the story doesn't always make sense to me. So I read a Bible Commentary on the chapter to help explain it. "Enduring Word Bible Commentary" is my favorite. Here I struggled understanding why David was taking a census and not listening to the word of God or his advisors. Was it due to pride or lack of trust in the Lord that David needed to know if he had enough of a fighting force to conquer a neighboring nation?
For this page I just wrote some notes on how David had a sensitive heart and I should pursue one too. David was not sinless, but he had a sensitive heart to sin.
I painted the background using craft paint. Then I wrote some notes on the history of the threshing floor to help me understand the story.
After I finished reading 2 Samuel is was back to the book of Psalms to pick up where I left off. The book of Psalms is the easiest of all the books in the Bible to illustrate, and for me, one of the most enjoyable.
I hope you were inspired with God's Word today!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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