Let it Go

As I continue to read about David, he continues to amaze me. He has and understanding and acceptance of God that I have in past times have found hard to understand. Today I am going to share a few stories about him and mark where you can find them in the Bible if you would like to study further.

So, often times I have found myself tying to understand the answer to the question..Why?… to various situations in my life or in others lives. However, recently I have to a peace that is hard to describe, to not needing to know why. I think this peace is seen with in some aspects of Davids life.

 

In one part of the Bible it talks about David moving the Ark of God. Now he was trying to right by God and had the best of intentions. So he gathered some faithful men and began the process of moving the Ark. Well the cart that was carrying the Ark hit a bump, in which rattled the cart and one man didn’t want the Ark to fall so he stuck out his hand to stop it from falling.

Well, God ended up killing the man for touching the Ark. David was very angry with the Lord for this…I imagine he had the question of why…why did you do that,…why couldn’t you forgive him, he was just trying to do what was right?

Later on, (years I think) David realized that he did have the Levites move the Ark. You see there are two things here…First, in these times from the times of Moses only the Levites were priests, appointed by God. They were the only ones who were allowed to touch any of the holy things, but even the Ark of God no one was to touch unless God told them to do so.

Second, David even with his best intentions of moving the Ark to be close to God didn’t consult with God about it first. Now, this was rare because David usually asked God’s advice before he did things, especially when he went to war. But I imagine he thought moving the Ark to be closer to him was a good thing and surely the Lord would be pleased, what is the need to ask …I won’t bother Him with such pure thing.

This whole story can be found in 1 Chronicles Chapters 14 & 15

Also, another time was with Bathsheba, now most know the story but for those who don’t I’ll give a brief summary. David one day saw a beautiful woman taking a bath and he lusted after her. Normally, he would have just made her another one of his wives but he couldn’t because she was already married, Well he decided to have her sexually any way and after she became pregnant.

Now, her husband was a solider loyal to David and stay within his house to serve and protect him. But David knew his wife was pregnant and wanted him to go home and sleep with his wife so he would think the child was his.But he wouldn’t leave because he didn’t want to be disloyal to David.

So David ended up sending the man to the battlefield where he knew he would be killed, and he did end up dying. So then David married Bathsheba and she had the baby. But God was angry with David for what he did to that man just so he could have his wife. So God caused the baby to be sick for seven days and then died.

But while David’s child was sick, he begged and fasted for God to save his child’s life but when the child was dead he stopped mourning and ate. Now this was weird because much like today if someone is sick and dying people spend time with them and when they are dead they mourn and fast. But David was hoping God would have mercy on his child and after death knew that God’s decision was just.

Two thing stick out to me with this story. One, God was disciplining David through his child ( this is not how we see just usually we usually view the person who committed the sin to be punished) but not for committing adultery, not for having a child out-of-wedlock, but for killing this man.

Second, David accepted God’s discipline. Where most of us would have been mad at the Lord for killing our child instead of us he just accepted. Although, he was sad he never cursed God, he never questioned God, he just accepted it.

This story can be found in 2 Samuel Chapters 11 & 12

Now, I have share these story to talk for a minute about accepting things without questioning. Now I don’t mean questioning our lifestyle or action but questioning God’s way of doing things. In the first story David did review His actions and came to find out he didn’t consult God first. That kind of review was good, he was able to learn from it, and move on.

However, most of us have a hard time with the move on part. That is why we are so familiar with the word regret. Is there anything you have that you are regretting? I would recommend to review it and try to learn from it and move on. I know, trust me I know, easier said than done but I think that is what God would want us to do ( I sure for something there maybe more to it like asking forgiveness or apologizing, but I am sure you know, if not ask God, He’ll tell you)

Also, the in the second story we see how David had this understanding, Not that he knew, an answer to the question why but he understood that the Lord is righteous, just, fair, kind, full of unfailing love, faithful. That wether or not we know the answer to why God did/allowed/watch something that we don’t understand happen He is all those things above and he had his reasons.

I can tell you friends from personal experience to live a life without questioning God’s motives is rewarding, freeing, albeit hard at times, so times it feels like it is human nature to question and seek answers. But it is not alway good, not always innocent.

So today my friends, I feel the need to share this message I feel God has place on my heart to tell you….Let it go, He has it under control, you may not understand His ways today but one day you will understand. As for now all you need to know is God is Good.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Also, I thought I would share a part of the song that I cannot get out of my head, a childhood favorite and the reason for the picture….

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

He’s got you and me brother in his hands.

He’s got you and me sister in his hands.

He’s got you and me in his hands

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

Be Blessed my friends

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