READ: 2 Samuel 22-24

THINK: Reread 24:13-17 carefully. Now set the text aside and imaginatively replay the story, inserting yourself as a character in it. Perhaps you will be one of David’s elders, or David himself.

What do you think and feel as you hear God’s words of discipline? What do you experience as you walk through this tension-filled and tragic day? What do you see? Hear? Smell? What questions do you have for God? Are you angry? Afraid? Talk to him about it.

As the end of the day approaches and you see God’s interaction with the angel, what is that like for you? When God’s heart is changed by David’s prayers, what thoughts and feelings bubble up in you? Express them to God.

LIVE: C.S. Lewis wrote, “[Each sinful act leaves a mark] on that tiny central self which no one sees in this life but which each of us will have to endure – or enjoy – forever. One man may be so placed that his anger sheds the blood of thousands, and another so placed that, however angry he gets, he will only be laughed at. But the little mark on the soul may be much the same in both.” Are there any “little marks” on your soul that you haven’t talked about with God? Explore recent experiences, reactions, thoughts, and feelings you’ve had. What do they tell you about what’s inside your heart? Talk to God about this, and make note of any action you feel he is leading you to.

Adapted from Eugene Peterson in Solo

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