David's Folly: Bathsheba
2 Samuel 11:2-4
One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent . . . messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.
Thought for Today
There is an old adage that power corrupts. We see this in our passage today. David, the shepherd after God’s own heart, has let his power go to his head. His great successes have caused pride and entitlement to arise in his spirit. How different from the early years of David’s life, when he refused to kill Saul to take the throne for which he had already been anointed out of respect for God who chose Saul as king. Now he acts without regard for God or his subjects. There is a healthy warning in this for all of us. There are times in life when our spiritual fervor wanes and we feel entitled. These are dangerous times. The choices we make cannot be unmade. While there is forgiveness from God there can be devastating earthly consequences. So let me ask you. In what area in your life are you in danger of crossing a line that you would not have even considered in the past? It is time to bring that area of your life back to the Lord and seek His direction and purpose.
Lord God, you know my heart. You know where my pride has caused me to stray. Help me to bring those places in my life back in line with Your will. Amen
Guidance, like all God's acts of blessing under the covenant of grace, is a sovereign act. Not merely does God will to guide us in the sense of showing us his way, that we may tread it; he wills also to guide us in the more fundamental sense of ensuring that, whatever happens, whatever mistakes we may make, we shall come safely home. Slippings and strayings there will be, no doubt, but the everlasting arms are beneath us; we shall be caught, rescued, restored. This is God's promise; this is how good he is. ― J.I. Packer
Quote of the Day
We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own. ― Ben Sweetland