Week One: Our God Still Works Miracles
Week Two: The Enemy Will Fall
And If Not, God Is Still Good
Week 4: The Plans
Week 5: God is Faithful, Even When We Are Not
David was one of the greatest kings of Israel. When people think of David, they thing of David as king, David as a shepherd, David that killed the giant Goliath, David the psalmist, but when I see David… I see hope.
Alongside David’s noble list of qualities falls more qualities: betrayer, liar, adulterer, murderer, yet God Himself called David a man after His own heart.
David made some big mistakes. David saw another man’s wife, lusted after her, slept with her, and she conceived a child. Sometimes our first big mistakes aren’t enough to get our attention, and David was no different. When he finds out this woman is pregnant, he calls her husband out from war to send him home for some time, assuming he would sleep with his wife, but the man slept at the gates with all the master’s servants because he couldn’t bring himself to go eat and drink and make love to his wife while others were sleeping out of tents. He tried a couple of more things in order to lure this man back in bed with his wife and when they didn’t work, David planned his murder. He told the chief commanding officer of his army to take him back and put him in the front lines of battle then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die. David ended up taking in the widow, helping her raise her child. (See 2nd Samuel for the full story) He appeared like the hero in his own horror story. What we can cover up to the world around us doesn’t cover up the damage inside us. David certainly reaped the consequences of his sin in the difficult dynamics that grew from his children.
But David was still great. Big mistakes don’t debilitate a person so much as it just disrupts the course. We cannot intercede God’s plans for our lives, but we can run from them. The terrain outside the path depends on how far off course we run. David sinned greatly, but he did not sin repeatedly. He was quick to confess and carried a repentant heart with him. This is all God wants from us. He never asked that we be perfect; He only asked that we be sorry. David experienced the joy of forgiveness even when he had to suffer to consequences of his sin, and he learned from his mistakes because he accepted the suffering they brought. I have much rather walk through hot coals with some protection, than try to hop across them on my own, and this is God’s desire for us, to help us.
The Bible makes no attempt to hide David’s sin; it also makes no hesitations to promote him. This is because what you did is not who you are in the Kingdom of Christ. The enemy manipulates this. He still uses my past to demoralize me into thinking my voice is not worthy enough to do the Lord’s work. Sin does not disqualify you, fear does.
God sent David into one of the biggest fights of his life with two stones, and not only did he give him victory, he also gave him a crown. David learned to show up for God and to trust Him. If we are not willing to trust the Lord to take care of us, even after we have rejected Him, we need to be willing to lose. Willingness to honestly admit our mistakes is the first step in dealing with them.