Everybody Has Issues – David

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2 Samuel 12:9
Why then have you despised the command of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife as your own, for you have slain him with the sword of the Ammonites.

David had humble beginnings, but he exploded on the scene with courage and bravery. As a young man, he offered to fight the giant of whom King Saul himself was terrified. With five smooth stones, he faced a man whose sword and shield probably weighed more than David did at the time of their battle. Yet David stood before this giant and won the respect of his people and the envy and anger of a king.

What could be worse than your predecessor seeing more greatness in you than in himself and then utilizing all of his power to stop your momentum, maligning your sincere deeds, and undermining your progress? David’s rise to the throne was nothing short of a miracle. As he was the youngest of his brothers, even his father doubted whether the prophet who came to anoint David was certain that he had the right guy. Yet God had chosen him.

David won many great battles and secured blessings not just for himself, but for his people. However, on a day when David should have been out in battle with his men, he instead was at his palace checking out the wife of one of his most committed soldiers. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he then impregnated her and arranged for her husband to be killed on the front line. This was one of the great King David’s many misdeeds, and yet God called him a man after His own heart.