Growing Old is Not for Wimps
Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 24:1-1 Kings 2:12
Here we find David nearing the end of his life and having some problems. He makes a disastrous decision to insist on taking a census. His health has deteriorated and he has very poor circulation. He delays making an orderly transition of power to his son, Solomon, giving a competitor the opportunity to mount a takeover that nearly succeeded.
Certainly, it is not easy to grow old. Those who have held high positions of power and authority can cause serious problems. We need wise and loving people we can trust at the end of life. We need to listen to them.
[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].