Acts 13:36 NASB For David… served the purpose of God in his own generation. Rick Warren talks about the above verse on the last two pages of his book Purpose Driven Life. He mentions several people in the Bible who, as we look back on their life, definitely had a purpose to fulfill. They decided to obey God and He was able to use them to do supernatural things. These people were not superheroes or superhuman in any way without the power of God in their lives. They were ordinary people just like you and me, but something in them decided to believe what God said and they hung onto it with every fiber of their being.
God had a great purpose for the life of David, but David had to make the choice to surrender himself to God so that He could accomplish that “purpose” through him. I think the story of David is so universal because he stumbled and fell along the way (really badly – no horribly,) but when he was confronted with his sin he repented instead of getting defensive and trying to justify what he had done, or blame it on someone else for making him do it.
He suffered great consequences for his sin in many different ways, but in the end he wanted more than anything to be a man after God’s heart. He didn’t try to blame God because he messed up. He took the blame upon himself and repented openly, not letting pride get in the way of doing whatever it took to get back into a right relationship with God.
The following is a summary of what happened. Read 2 Samuel 11: 1 – 12: 24 if you want to find out all the details.
David should have been doing other things at the time, but he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and saw Bathsheba bathing in the privacy of her own home. He started to lust after her so much that he sent for her and had intimate relations with her. (He was king so he could do whatever he wanted.) When he found that she was pregnant, David had her soldier-husband brought back to Jerusalem hoping that he would also have intimate relations with her and never know the baby was not his own child. That plan didn’t work, so he further tried to cover up his sin by having Uriah, the soldier-husband killed in an “accident” on the front lines of the battle. The other troops around him were told to withdraw at the last minute and he was killed in the line of duty. After an elaborate cover-up, David probably thought he had taken care of the situation and no one would ever know all the details of what had happened. He brought Bathsheba into the palace and made her his wife. But…God knew and the Bible says He was not pleased with David for his actions. What he thought was a well-though-out plan began to unravel before his very eyes. He was confronted with his sin and it was revealed openly.
Now let’s go to Acts 13:22 when Paul was teaching in the Temple in Antioch. He rose to give the people a brief synopsis of their Israelite history. When he came to the life of David, he told them…
“And when he had deposed him (Saul), He raised up David to be their king; of him He bore witness and said, I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart, who will do all My will and carry out My program fully.” AMP
Saul was the king before David. He willfully disobeyed God and rather than repenting when he was confronted, tried to make excuses for his actions. The priest Samuel told him that God had taken away his kingship because of this disobedience.
So Saul and David both had disobeyed God by committing a terrible sin in God’s eyes. But the big difference was – Saul chose not to repent and be truly sorry for his actions, while David was broken before God and fell on his face in repentance.
Because of that, he remained King of Israel for many years and Bathsheba’s second son, Solomon, became the next king of Israel.
Doesn’t it just blow your mind how God can work when we truly repent of our sins, determine to make things right as best we can, then forgive ourselves and go forward again?
I don’t think I would have even considered David and Bathsheba’s next son to be worthy of kingship material. After all, David, at least, had done a horrible thing.
But God saw what David could become because he fully repented and desired to have a heart like His. David had to suffer the consequences of his choice, but God still chose to use him in a great way.
We have all failed at certain things in the past, or have remorse that we didn’t do things differently. I doubt many of us have done the terrible things that David did, though. If God could use him in such a marvelous way after he had sinned so greatly, think of how He can use you to work on His behalf so that others can see His Greatness.
God doesn’t require perfection and “having it all together in advance.” He wants to use you starting with where you are now.
You don’t have to clean up yourself because He can do an awesome job of that if you will let Him. He has a “purpose” for your life just like He did for David, Esther, Paul, Moses, Abraham, and so many others in the Bible that He used in a great way. He has a distinct plan of action that is just for you and nobody else will be able to do it in the same way.
The question is: Will you allow Him to accomplish His “purpose” in your life? Accomplishing His “purpose” is the greatest thing you can ever pass down to future generations.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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