Now Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said, “I will be king.” So he got chariots and horses ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him. (His father had never rebuked him by asking, “Why do you behave as you do?” He was also very handsome and was born next after Absalom.)

– 1 Kings 1:5-6 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

King David is on his deathbed and faces one more battle—who will be the heir to his throne? David wants Solomon to be the new king, but his son Adonijah puts himself forward for the role. This world is filled with conflict and we can’t avoid it. David was able to win this last battle because he was not surprised that it happened. Why are we constantly caught off-guard when unexpected opposition occurs? Life is not easy this side of heaven, so we need to keep our eyes on the One who can empower us and equip us for the clashes that are inevitable.

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