Before you get consumed with what you want to do before the lord, deal with the condition of your heart. If you study the life of David and Saul, on the surface, it looked like what David did was more terrible than what Saul did. Now, look at Saul; Samuel told Saul, “I’m coming”. The enemies were gathering their ammunitions, the people were already afraid, trembling following him and Samuel didn’t come on time. And before they go to war, they must do the sacrifice. Now, in the heart of Saul he had a restraint because, Saul himself said, “I forced myself”. So, that means there was a restraint. Don’t do what God has not told you to do. Looking at that action on the surface, Samuel had come late, the enemy was coming closer and the people were scattering.
At the time that kings go to war, David stayed back at home, and sent Joab. In the evening, David got up and was strolling around and saw a woman that was taking her bath, David slept with the woman. And the woman sent a message to David saying, “I’ve conceived”. Immediately David sent for Uriah to come home from the battle front. And David told him to go home and have some time with his wife. But he replied and said how could he go home when his colleagues, the servants of my lord and the king, are on the battle field; how can I go and sleep with my wife? And David sent a message to Joab. May you not have a Joab in your life; the men that will help you cover your sin. The dangerous thing was that he sent the letter through Uriah. The man was so loyal that He didn’t read the letter. Now imagine how far David had gone in this situation and he wrote, “Make sure that you post Uriah to the thickest part of the battle and pull the people back”. Joab did as David said, and Uriah died.
When you read the two stories, on the surface, it looks to like what David did was more terrible. But everything that David did, was a mistake of his head. His head was pushing him. The lesson here is that God does not judge your actions on the surface. Two people can do the same thing from two different heart conditions and they get two different judgments.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, create in a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me, purge my heart of any capacity of turning out wrong before you in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible in a year: Jeremiah 35:1-36:32, 1 Timothy 5:1-25, Psalm 89:14-37, Proverbs 25:25-27