As we draw the curtains on our character study in the month of February, this week’s post focuses on the passion and weakness of David. This part of David’s life has some lessons we can learn from and certain actions we must desist from as we grow in Christ. Let’s kick off with Nathan’s visit to David.
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
David’s house and reign over all of Israel had been established by God. The once 17-year-old shepherd now finds himself in a city that bears his name – the City of David. A King who has found favour in the Lord’s sight and had been blessed. In fact, David lacked nothing and he praised God for that. However, the text above does not speak of David as the King whose actions pleased the Lord. Let’s get into the word and learn from David’s shortcomings.
Lust of the flesh
David may have accidentally looked upon Bathsheba from the roof of his palace but the events that followed after those few seconds of gazing on her beauty was enough to ruin David. Emotions, feelings and desires may come to you as a believer in several ways but as a child of God, it is important to find strength in the Lord to resist any form of temptation. God will not do ‘the resisting’ for you.
David had several wives, and as was the culture at the time he could take on other wives instead he lusted after another man’s wife, pursued this wicked desire and wrecked his relationship with God. Notice what God says, “I would have given you even more” (2 Samuel 12: 8). Similarly, in the Garden of Eden man (Eve) had everything but desired the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:6). She fed that desire and that led man into sin. You’ve got to resist any desires from the flesh and keep a clear conscience so you can pray and serve God (1 Peter 4:7).
There is no shame in running away from sin
Here, we learn that lust is a dangerous thing that can ruin our Christian walk with God. Some of the ways to deal with lust include to avoid situations, movies or conversations that trigger lustful desires, run away as Joseph did and always be led by the spirit. As you do these you will not satisfy the desires of the flesh.
Deceit was upon his tongue
Another grievous thing David did that displeased the Lord was the cunning craftiness by which he wanted to hide his sin. At this point I asked myself, ‘had David forgotten that God knows and can see all things”. In fact, the more he tried to hide his sin the more impossible it looked. This was because Uriah was not willing to be with his wife whiles his comrades were in battle. Now, what started as lust has grown into lies and craftiness to hide an evil deed. Finally, the thought to kill an innocent man came to David.
I pray that we will have reverence for God and not sin against him. However, if we falter may we not try to outsmart God. For men may not see it but God will see it and bring every secret to bare.
Without any remorse, David used his command as King to have Uriah murdered in battle. To God, David was the one who killed Uriah. This is where it gets serious because sometimes our hands may not be directly involved in strangling someone to death but our words, actions, selfish interests (greed) and in this case our quest to hide sin may cause other people to die. David’s house saw much disgrace after this sinful act. The impact of this wicked action affected him to the point that he had to flee from the City of David.
Beloved today we have seen some weaknesses of David and how they affected his house and reign as King over God’s people. Learn to avoid lust and any related evil desires before they ruin your future and relationship with God. Also, have it in your heart to repent and seek forgiveness from God when you sin.
God bless you