“All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them” ( 2 Samuel 3.36 NIV).
Saul died, and David became the king over one tribe of Israel — Judah. He was king for this single tribe for 7 & 1/2 years. During this time the house of David and the house of Saul fought. The kingship of David became stronger as the kingship of Ish-Bosheth, Saul’s son, became weaker. Finally, Abner, the commander over Saul’s army, decided to help King David reign over all of Israel; but one of David’s leaders killed Abner. David mourned Abner’s death and proclaimed that he would not eat before the sun set, but the people urged him to eat. David stood firm, though, and he would not let others sway him from fulfilling his promise to the Lord. Were the people upset that David wouldn’t listen to them? No! They were actually “pleased” that David kept his word to God. People will knowingly or unknowingly try to get us to disobey God’s commands in our lives, and God will test our hearts to see if they are fully committed to Him. When we care too much about other people’s opinions; our words, actions and motives will try to twist God’s commands to make people happy. However, if we truly fear God and trust His will, nothing or no one will be able to detract us from standing firm in our faith. We must stay rooted in God and His Word and guard ourselves from the well-meaning intentions of others.
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong” (1 Corinthians 16.13 NLT).