Our Daily Bread May 29 Death Zone



Our Daily Bread   May 29  Death Zone

Bible in a Year:


2 Chronicles 7–9

John 11:1–29

But David remained in Jerusalem.



2 Samuel 11:1


Today's Scripture & Insight:


2 Samuel 11:1–6, 12–15

In 2019, a climber saw his last sunrise from the peak of Mount Everest. He survived the dangerous ascent, but the high altitude squeezed his heart, and he passed away on the trek down. One medical expert warns climbers not to think of the summit as their journey’s end. They must get up and down quickly, remembering “they’re in the death zone.”


David survived his dangerous climb to the top. He killed lions and bears, slew Goliath, dodged Saul’s spear and pursuing army, and conquered Philistines and Ammonites to become king of the mountain.


But David forgot he was in the death zone. At the peak of his success, as “the Lord gave David victory wherever he went” (2 Samuel 8:6), he committed adultery and murder. His initial mistake? He lingered on the mountaintop. When his army set out for new challenges, he “remained in Jerusalem” (11:1). David once had volunteered to fight Goliath; now he relaxed in the accolades of his triumphs.


It’s hard to stay grounded when everyone, including God, says you’re special (7:11–16). But we must. If we’ve achieved some success, we may appropriately celebrate the accomplishment and accept congratulations, but we must keep moving. We’re in the death zone. Come down the mountain. Humbly serve others in the valley—asking God to guard your heart and your steps.


By:  Mike Wittmer


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Reflect & Pray

Are you climbing your mountain or near the top? How might you avoid the pitfalls that come with success?


Father, grant me success, and protect me from its excess.

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