It’s difficult to understand how a man who slept with another man’s wife, got her pregnant, and then had her husband killed could be recorded in the Bible as a man after God’s own heart. But it’s true. God selected David to replace King Saul when He was fed up with Saul’s disobedience and He said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ (Acts 13:22)
Certainly we all have “off days”, but this is one of those epic mistakes that clearly shows that David was not after the Lord’s heart on that day. So, what causes a man to go from doing all the Lord’s will to obviously doing his own will?
I think the answer is not such a mystery when you read what was taking place just prior to David’s big fall.
In 2 Samuel 11 the Bible records the following: “In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight … However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.
Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath.”
No one knows for sure why David stayed behind instead of going out to war. Maybe he was sensing a bit of entitlement or maybe he was just tired. But instead of walking in his destiny and going out to fight the territorial battles that were inevitable in the spring, David stayed behind and caught up on his sleep. Instead of heading out to the battlefield where he once had made a name for himself as the warrior who defeated Goliath, he stayed behind and he got on the Internet to watch the Bathsheba show.
I minister to men all the time who have opted out of the battle for their souls… for their marriages and their families. They’ve gotten trapped on the rooftop of temptation like David. They once considered themselves men after God’s heart… but no more. Or at least that’s what they believe.
Fortunately, the same hope that was available for David is available to all of us. King David went down in biblical history as “a man after God’s own heart”. He was what I would consider a bad sinner, but a good “repenter”, and that’s what makes it possible. Consider the following words recorded in Psalm 51 by David after his moral failure… “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Maybe you’re trapped on the rooftop of temptation too, and you’re longing to be restored as person after God’s heart. Whisper those same words in prayer to the Lord and He promises to cleanse and restore you. Step onto your battlefield and step into your destiny today.
Greg Richards is Lead Pastor at Life Church, located on the square in Kaufman. YourLifeChurch.com