TOPIC: A Fruitless Effort (DCLM Daily Manna 14 August 2021)

TEXT: 2 Samuel 2:12-18

12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.

13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out, and met together by the pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool.

14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

15 Then there arose and went over by number twelve of Benjamin, which pertained to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.

16 And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow’s side; so they fell down together: wherefore that place was called Helkathhazzurim, which is in Gibeon.

17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.

KEY VERSE: “And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.” – (2 Samuel 2:17)


Former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro was a legendary survivor. He was said to have survived more than 600 assassination attempts. Cuba’s iconic dictator provided an almost mythical adversary for what became an obsessive, error-prone assassination campaign by the United States CIA. The agency’s attempts to kill Castro ranged from the calamitous to the comical. Many of them were detailed by the Church Committee, a special Senate subcommittee headed by Democratic senator Frank Church in 1975. How was it possible for someone to escape such attempts from, perhaps, the most successful secret service of the greatest nation in the world?


David survived so many attempts and inventions against his life by Saul, Israel’s first king and his contingent of 3,000 elite troops selected from the entire nation. After the death of Saul, Abner used his influence as Israel’s army commander to prevent him from assuming the divinely ordained position as the next king of Israel. The battle that ensued was very sore and bloody as seen in our text. Abner’s men were beaten before the servants of David because it is impossible to defeat God’s ordained destiny.

If Abner had simply sat down and paused over the many obstacles that came on David’s way to kingship, which were all overcome by the divine mercies and providence of God, he would probably have acted differently. While still a youth, he delivered Israel from Goliath’s threats and reproach. David equally escaped all threats from individuals and nations and died peacefully at a good old age.

There may be a thousand and one attempts on the lives of people who have God on their side, but none of those attempts will succeed. God’s divinely appointed destiny will still come to pass even in the face of the most vehement oppositions.

With God on your side, you’re safe.

Job 6-10

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)