FOR THURSDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Samuel 7:18-29
“Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and said, ‘Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?’” (2 Samuel 7:18; New Revised Standard Version)
“Why me, Lord?” Have you ever asked that question? We have all probably voiced that question – or at least thought it – especially during times of extreme pressure or pain. Yet, have we ever flipped that question and asked: “Why NOT me?”
In essence, this is what King David does when he asks: “Who am I, O Lord GOD . . . that you have brought me thus far?” Later in a reflection of prayer, the king would ask of all of us: “what are human beings that you are mindful of them” (Psalm 8:4).
During an emotionally low period of his life, after having attending a religious service, Kris Kristofferson wrote the song which became the biggest hit of his career which asked: “Why me, Lord? What have I ever done to deserve even one of the pleasures I’ve known?”
When the troubles of life begin to rise up, let us remember to put our trust in the One who has been an abiding Friend for us, even when we haven’t deserved it.
PRAYER: Great God of Love and Grace, I don’t understand how you can love me so. However, I’m grateful for the blessings of life you have showered upon me each day. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2017 by Steven W. Manskar]