by: Lynn Passet
This weekend we will be discussing David who is one of the best known figures in the bible. He was chosen by God to lead his people and he was very much a follower of God!
Of course, we all know the story of David and Goliath and how the small teenage shepherd boy took down the larger-than-life Philistine giant. In fact; the bible calls David "a man after God's own heart and he chronicled much of the book of Psalms.
Because of his victory over Goliath, David was quickly anointed by the prophet Samuel but he didn't immediately become king of Israel. He was named as the commander of the Israeli army and even had to become a fugitive for awhile because all of his success bothered King Saul and made him feel threatened.
Through all of this, David remained very devoted and faithful to God and he was even a faithful and loyal servant of King Saul and his family. One day, David even had an opportunity to kill King Saul but he chose to let him live and because of this he would be named the next King of Israel.
Once he was named King, David stopped fighting battles and started to drift away from God and became a man he didn't even recognize. He committed adultery, had a man murdered and worried about his own reputation more than doing what was right.
In many ways David's life was much like ours. We sometimes drift off the path of following God and we start to desire and lust for the ways of this world instead of keeping our eyes on the prize! However; David later repented to God for all of his sins and fell back into favor with God....and so can we!
God is a loving God and he knows that we will never be perfect and we are all born of a sin nature. That doesn't mean that we won't still suffer the consequences of our actions - as David lost a son because of his adultery.
Just know that God is faithful and just and he will forgive all of us if we go to him and repent of our sins. So, take a few moments today and talk to God about all of the sins that you have committed and repent and know that you will be forgiven.