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June 5 – June 11 

 

Scripture Passage:  “And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him.”      I Samuel 18:14

Dear Friends,

 

     It seems like every time I turn around I hear of another pastor or preacher who has been caught in a sin and exposed on social media.  While the whole world screams for tolerance and forgiveness, little is extended to a minister who falls into Satan’s snare to entrap him.  It appears that even the world holds ministers to a higher standard of ethics.  The glass house of ministry exposes every facet of a minister’s life.  His personal, family, and private life is viewed through the microscope of public scrutiny.  There is never a time that someone is not lurking in the shadows or planning an entrapment to bring down the man of God who by his position of authority holds great influence upon those entrusted to his care.  When that influence is destroyed and respect turned to disdain, the enemy has won a great spiritual battle.  Now let me say, I believe that all sin must be dealt with and no one should be immune to paying the consequences for their poor choices.  The weightiness of it all is there is never a time a minister can let his guard down.  We are in a spiritual battle and the enemy never declares a truce or goes on vacation.  We must put on, and keep on, the whole armor of God so that we may be able to withstand the wiles of the devil.   

     This passage of Scripture contrast the wise behavior of David compared to the foolish behavior of Saul.  Once Saul began to travel the path of rebellion against God, he could never seem to get back on track.  Where he was wise and dependent upon God to begin with, one sin led to another and eventually destroyed him.  God allowed an evil spirit to come upon Saul and he never again was content or satisfied in God.  David lived many years in which he behaved himself wisely before God and the people, but during a time of prosperity and idleness he let down his guard and fell into the trap of sexual immorality.  II Samuel 11: 1-2 gives us the backdrop for this scandal.  The year had ended successfully so David took a little time for rest and relaxation while his staff continued on in the work.  David could have gone anywhere but he chose to stay in Jerusalem where he could have anything that he wanted.  When evening rolled around he decided to take a stroll on the roof to watch women bathing at the public bath.  David did not need a smutty magazine to enflame his lustful desires, he could view the real thing for free.  There was no internet to hide behind, just the walls of the king’s palace.  It was not that he did not have beautiful wives at his beck and call, it was simply the excitement of pursuing something that was forbidden fruit.  He never thought about the damage he would do to his family or the nation.  He never took into consideration how disappointed God would be with him and the consequences he would suffer.  He was willing to give up everything for a moment of wild passion.  Does this sound like a man who behaved himself wisely before God?  Just remember it only takes a moment of stupidity to destroy a lifetime of integrity.   

      What was the difference between Saul and David?  When Saul was confronted by the man of God, he made excuses and blamed everyone else for his failures.  When David was confronted, he repented.  The Bible said David was a man after God’s own heart.  How could this be?  It sounds like to me that he is just a man.  God knew David’s heart and saw through the imperfections and struggles.  When we would be tempted to disown a fallen sister or brother let us consider with humility that we may need a friend in the future.  It does not excuse their sinful actions, but it helps to put into perspective the depravity we all live with. 

 

In Christ,

 

Pastor Johnny