Daily Devotional Overview:
This 14-day reading plan explores the stories of men and women of the Bible who messed up big time, but people that God still chose to use for His purposes. Learn from some of the Bible’s heaviest hitters while being encouraged in your own walk with God.Daily Devotional: Epic Fails – Day 3
- 2 Samuel 11:1-27
- 2 Samuel 24:1-25
- 1 Kings 1:29
A boy–the youngest in a large family–chosen out of obscurity to be the next king of Israel. A teenager inexperienced in war up against an infamous giant; granted victory with a slingshot. A young man with access to the king and given in marriage to a princess. A soldier granted triumph over his enemies and the adoration of a country.
David was a man after God’s own heart–the only to be described so poetically–who had everything a man could ever want. He perseveres through every trial, holding firm to his faith in God in incredibly dark storms. Through his early battles as an adult, David didn’t waver or doubt his circumstances but believed that God would be good to him. And He was good, indeed. Rarely do we see such obvious favor on a person as we see on David.
After the many years as king, things began to take a turn for David; not because God’s favor diminished, but because David grew complacent. When David should have been at war, his lack of obedience left him in a vulnerable place that led him to temptation, and ultimately, sin. David had an affair with a married woman named Bathsheba, conceived a child with her, and had her husband killed in war.
No doubt being in the wrong place leaves us vulnerable to temptation, which can lead to sin if not careful. Thankfully God forgave David but it did cost him his child.
The fact that David also had many wives led to great trouble. With many children born into a divided family a family feud was inevitable. David’s eldest son raped his half-sister, and her full brother then killed the firstborn son when David would do nothing to reprove the man. That same son who committed murder would then drive David out of the city and attempt to overthrow him as king. These heartaches could have been avoided if David had stayed true to God’s word, but he let his desires for women get the best of him.
Another major fail of David is the census he conducts in 2 Samuel 24 which God had commanded to Moses not be done. As a result of giving into the temptation and playing into pride, God judged Israel for three days–70,000 men died. When the angel reached out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, God grieved and had mercy on His people.
David’s mistakes affected thousands of people, and ours affects others as well. No sin or mistake is kept hidden; they cannot remain only your burden. Through it all, however, God is good and He uses it for His purposes. I love what David shares at the end of His life as he reflects on God. In 1 Kings 1:29 he proclaims,
“And the king swore, saying, ‘As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my soul out of every adversity.’”
David made mistakes and he admits he’s been through a lot as a result, BUT, through it all God was there for him. And God is there for you.
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