I love David. He’s honestly one of my favorites. Reading about his poor choices, his less than admirable decisions, and his selfishness… not one of my favorite topics for this David-loving girl.
I like seeing him depending on God. I like seeing him being humble and trusting in God when no one else is. That encourages me, fires me up, and makes me want to do the same in my life.
But even though David loved God, he was also a sinner and prone to wander. Kinda like me.
We painfully see that this week. At times when I read the story about David and Bathsheba, David and Uriah, and David and Nathan, I almost want to scream at him and tell him to not go out there. Close your eyes. Don’t give into the temptation. Humble yourself and just tell the truth.
Our choices have consequences.
Many times our poor choices not only hurt us, but hurt those who are innocent around us.
We see that in our reading this week. David’s sin not only hurt him, but his sin hurt God. His sin hurt his child with Bathsheba. It hurt Uriah who was innocent and noble. It hurt David’s family, and ultimately hurt his nation whom he was supposed to guard and protect.
David had many successes in his life, but he also had many failures. We can clearly see the difference in David’s life when he was fully depending on God and when he was far from Him. Though I don’t like seeing one of my heroes sinning and living so far from God, I believe God allows this story of David to be included in the Bible to encourage us and give us hope.
Though God did amazing things in David’s life, David was a sinner… just like me.
David – at certain times in his life – turned his back on God… just like me.
David – at certain times in his life – thought he was more important than others… just like I have.
David – at certain times in his life – was selfish and independent… just like me.
David – at certain times in his life – forgot who his first love was… JUST LIKE ME.
Ohhh but sweet friends, we have Jesus. Jesus is by far the better King.
Reading 1 Timothy 1:12-16 causes me to rejoice in the love, grace, and hope that I have through the forgiveness of my sins because of Jesus Christ!
He knows my past. He knows my sins. He knows the darkness of my heart and the struggles that I fight. He knows my sins and He knows my regrets. He knows when I have wandered from Him like a lamb and He has had to go out after me, for my protection. He knows the darkest parts of me, and yet He choses to love me.
He does the same for you, sweet friend.
David was a sinner. I’m a sinner… and so are you.
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners- of whom I am the worst.”- (vs 15)
Friends, Jesus came for us. He already knows we are sinners in need of a Savior. There is no reason to hide from Him or cover up our sins.
He knows our sins and yet in His grace and mercy has chosen to love us in spite of them.
He chose mercy over wrath.
We are all sinners, but don’t miss this important part of our reading today: “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.”
Ahhh… do you see how powerful your testimony is? Paul in these verses doesn’t hesitate to show how awful his sins were. Why? So that others could have hope. He was more interested in being an example of the amazing work Jesus can do in a life rather than creating an image void of his past and the amazing work Jesus had done in him!!
Sweet friends, allow others to see your failures so that they have hope that the amazing work Jesus did in your life, He can do in theirs too.
Jesus… He is our only hope.
Even though I’m sad about the choice David made with Bathsheba, I love how God redeems that situation.
Yes, David and Bathsheba suffered the consequences for their choices and sin, but don’t miss the fact that God in His mercy blesses them with another son… Solomon.
Never forget that we serve a God who redeems.
He is our hope. He is our friend. He is our Savior.
*Let’s talk: Encourage someone today and share how God has extended grace, patience, and mercy to you and how His love has changed your life!
Love God Greatly!