3 Lessons from David’s life
1.Negligence is very dangerous
“At the time when King’s go forth to battle…. David tarried still at Jerusalem” (2 Sam 11:1).
True, the idle mind (and also the body) is the devil’s workshop. If we are not busy in God’s business, we will be busy in the devil’s business. This utter negligence to duty soon made David an adulterer and murderer, the stain of which sin clings to him eternally.
“My beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1Cor 15:58).
The Lord God had put the man in the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it (Gen 2:5). The woman should have been ‘a help-mate’ for Adam in this work. As she neglected her responsibility towards Adam, the devil lost not time in making use of her negligence to duty, to make her busy in his own pernicious plans
Let us labour with Jesus in his garden, the church. The devil will come after us only if we are slothful in labouring or suffering in the church. “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1Pet 5:8). Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves, likewise with the same mind for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin” (1 Pet 4:1).
- Big problems don’t develop overnight
Nathan confronted David for killing his loyal soldier, Uriah. How did the man “after [God’s] own heart” (1 Sam 13:14) become guilty of murder? One step at a time. David didn’t go from zero to murder in one afternoon. He warmed up to it, over time, as one bad decision bled into others. It started with a second glance that turned into a lustful stare. He abused his kingly power by sending for Bathsheba, then tried to cover up her pregnancy by calling her husband home from the front. When Uriah refused to visit his wife while his comrades were at war, David decided he would have to die.
We may not be guilty of murder or trapped in a cave of our own making, but we’re either moving toward Jesus or toward trouble. Big problems don’t develop overnight. They break upon us gradually, one step at a time.
- Ask God for wisdom and anointing
2 Samuel 12 is the story of how King David got off course with his life. The prophet Nathan was correcting him. In doing so, he reminded David of what God had brought him through. David had seen God’s goodness, favor, protection and provision down through the years. And in verse 8, God made an interesting statement through Nathan: “And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things”. In other words, “David, looking back over your life, if you were ever lacking, if you ever needed more wisdom, more anointing, more favor, more protection, more finances, I would have given it to you.”
That tells us that we have what we need right now in order to fulfill our destiny. The moment it become insufficient is the moment that God will give you more. The moment it begins to stop God’s plan for your life is the moment God will intervene on your behalf. Today, be encouraged that you have what you need, and what you need tomorrow is on its way! God is closely watching your life. He is faithful and saying to you what He said to David: “If it’s ever not enough, you can count on Me. I will always be there to give you more.”
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus…” (Philip 4:19)
Stay Blessed 😊