.there was war (- 5 yrs) between the house of Saul (11 tribes of Israel with a puppet king, lead by the military command, Abner) and the house of David (1 tribe of Israel, Judah). But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker. 2 Samuel 3:1

The renewal of our natures is a work of great importance. It is not to be done in a day. We have not only a new house to build up, but an old one to pull down. George Whitefield 1714-1970, British Methodist Evangelist

(Fed up with the puppet king) Abner (said) to the elders of Israel, you (have been wanting) David to be king over you . as the Lord had promised (so be it). .Then Abner also went to speak (to) David (to turn over the other 11 tribes to him). 2 Samuel 3:7-19
Being willing to change allows you to move from a point of view to a viewing point—a higher, more expansive place, from which you can see both sides. Thomas Crum

(Abner met with David to unite all Israel under him, but was murdered on the way home by Joab out of revenge) (David said) I am weak today, though anointed king; and (Joab and his brother) are too harsh for me. The Lord shall repay the evildoer according to his wickedness. 2 Samuel 3:39

Responsibility: A detachable burden easily shifted to shoulders of God.. Ambrose Bierce (sarcastic dictionary)

(2 leaders killed Saul’s son, puppet king of 11 tribes of Israel, and brought his head to David in hopes of uniting the 12 tribes under David), David said, ‘the Lord has redeemed my life from all adversity . (Why should I accept) when wicked men have killed a righteous person in his own house on his bed? 2 Samuel 4:9-11

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. Henry Louis Mencken

(Anointed king over all Israel at 30, David) and his men went to Jerusalem against the (occupying) Jebusites, (who dismissed David’s advance). Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion. 2 Samuel 5:6,7

Have a nevertheless moment of determination. Dr. Doug Sager, Senior Pastor, 1st Baptist Concord, Farragut, Tennessee