Monday, September 10, 2007

Sin and Obedience

Today I was reading in 2 Samuel:4-5.

I found it interesting. David is very much a man of God. He longs after God. The Psalms are filled with hymns of praise to God. He seeks to do the will of God. David knew that God wanted him to be king
12And David knew that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
And yet, in the midst of it all, he sins, and it seems such a casual thing:
13And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David.
And God continues to help him and aid him and guide him. It just surprises me. Not that God helps him, but just the very casualness of it. Granted, these were all women from among Israel's own. Not women taken from foreign nations and so forth. Maybe that made it okay because in those days men often had multiple wives.

It still somehow seems wrong to me. But that just might be my sensibilities kicking in. :)

But isn't it amazing how David seeks after God?
The Philistines come up against him.
19And David inquired of the LORD, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?" And the LORD said to David, "Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand."
They were defeated, but thought they would try again:
And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, "You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. 24And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the LORD has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines." 25And David did as the LORD commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.
God answers David, and he answers in a clear, specific manner.
David obeys.
And victory is assured!

Rather neat isn't? That despite our sin, if we earnestly seek after God, he will meet us and help us. And if we obey him, marvelous things can happen. I'm so glad that God is God.

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