Friday, February 8, 2008

A man after God’s own heart

What does it mean that David, a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14), was also a liar, adulterer, and murderer (2 Sam. 11-12)? By today’s standards, David wouldn’t even qualify to serve as a church elder, but the Lord made him king of all Israel whose royal line would last forever. How could that be?

The very place to find the answer may be in David’s failures. For all his weaknesses, David’s strength lay in knowing where his real power came from. No matter how impetuous or unwise he may have behaved, David never worshiped another god or wavered from his faith in Jehovah. As much as behaving ourselves does matter to God, nothing matters more than this one.

(c) Copyright 2008, A. Milton Stanley