Today I was able to update all three areas of RSS on SeekingGeek.net, as well as share my opinion of the importance of Communication (Found Here).
So, My friend Cooper Welch posted this on his blog today and it hit home for me as well! I have been reading through the books of Samuel over the past few months now and I too have seen/read first hand how David sinned and most importantly how God continued to love and forgive him. You hit the nail on the head Coop, Thanks for sharing!
A cool thing to do sometimes is to read through those lists of like who begot whom or all of David’s warriors, etc. I noticed one time when I was reading through them that Uriah the Hittite was one of David’s legendary fighting men (2 Samuel 23:8-39), meaning that David must have at least slightly known him. Does that expound David’s sin even more? Does that make David a man who killed one of his most devoted followers and best warriors, a man who had stuck with David through legendary battles and earned a place of honor? Did that mean David knew who’s wife it was? It kind of changes things a little in my mind if you look at it in that way. It just amazes me that a man said to be after God’s own heart could mess up this bad. But then I look after my own life, and all the crap I do to God, when I know exactly what He’s done for me, and I’m like, wow….it’s like a mirror image of me. I sin too. And I do it in the full knowledge of God’s sacrifice for me, just like David did. I’m not any better than him. God used people like David, or Paul, or Peter just to show us the enormity of sin, and how far we can go against God with it, and how He can turn it right around and use it to change the world. It just goes to show you the width and depth of God’s love. He can love us past any sin, as long as we repent and turn back to Him. That’s not an excuse to go sin; if anything it’s a call to live an even better life, because who doesn’t want to be deserving of a love like that? If God can love David enough after that and so many other things that he did anad then make him perhaps the most famous man in history, and establish the greatest family line in history through him, and die for him on the cross, then what exactly is this love? Who but God could possibly love like this? I mean how would you feel if a guy slept with a guy’s wife and then had him killed just to cover it up, especially if he was friends with the guy, or in the least knew who he was? I’d be pretty pissed personally. But God still loved him. God punished him for being disobedient yes, but He still loved him, and he still took care of him and provided for him, and David became a better man and a better king and a better “chaser” of God afterwards. So God takes even the worst of us and turns it into something good. Solomon, the richest and wisest man who ever lived, came out of this particular mistake. And I know that God will do the same for me. So don’t be discouraged when you sin. God still loves you, and there’s nothing you can do to change that. Just get up and keep chasing Him, and though you’ll never get it perfect, just keep going. God will love you anyway. Cause that’s just who He is. And eventually, though you can’t see the how or the when or the why, something good will come out of it.