If you ask someone who their favorite Bible character is, many will reply, “David!” Almost everyone has heard of David and Goliath. However, there is so much more to the life of David than one mighty victory when he was a young.
David became the greatest king that the nation of Israel ever had. The kings that came after David were compared back to him, but none of the kings that followed lived up to his greatness. As great as he was, even King David made mistakes.
Most people remember the great sin of David when he took Bathsheba who was not his wife and had her husband killed in battle. When God’s prophet, Nathan, confronted David with his sin, David immediately repented. He turned his heart back to God. “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die” (2 Samuel 12:13). One can read Psalm 51 to understand the great repentance of King David. Seeing into David’s heart at this moment in time can help one understand why God said what He did about King David. “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will” (Acts 13:22). God was able to allow King David to become a great conquering king.
David was a sinner just like everyone who has ever lived. As one reads the events of King David’s life, one cannot help but recognize as he learned from his sin (by repenting of sin). He discovered that he must find the answers as to how to please God by seeking God and His Word.
The books of the Chronicles reveal the lives of the kings from God’s view. The incident of David taking Bathsheba is recorded in 2 Samuel 11-12 with the consequences of that sin in the following chapters. However, in 1 Chronicles 20, that event in David’s life is not recorded. The tragedies that fell upon his house because of sin are not recorded either. One must recognize something very important: God is a forgiving God who removes our sin as far as the east is from the west. Remember: “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). Also, remember that God casts our sin into the deepest part of the sea. “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19). That sin will be not only forgiven, but also forgotten.
Understand that even a man such as David was not perfect. He failed, but we are to learn from his mistakes and not repeat them. Remember: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). These events in the Bible were written as examples for us, so that we would not make the same mistakes. “17. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked [means to deviate from conduct that is good or right], fall from your own stedfastness. 18. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:17–18).
Remember that today we have God’s Word that we can read to help us remain steadfast at all times. We should be encouraged that God is faithful. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
What can we do to keep from falling into the sin? “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men [behave with wisdom of a man, as opposed to a babe in Christ], be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13). However, we must always watch and not let sin enter into our hearts and lives.
Do you stand steadfast, not allowing sin to enter into your life?