DAY 4: David the Murderer
David’s story is lot like an opera. There is so much beauty, yet so much drama and tragedy. After his rise to prominence and becoming king of Israel, David gives in to the temptation and believes he can do whatever he wants and not suffer any major consequences. He sees a beautiful woman bathing, and commits adultery by sleeping with her. Later, after learning she had become pregnant, he has Bathsheba’s husband murdered.
It’s easy to read his story and ask, “What in the world were you thinking? You had done so much good and were clearly a man after God’s own heart. What happened?”
But perhaps the story of David should be thought of in a different way. For example, how confident are you that you would’ve responded differently? How confident are you that if you had all the wealth, power, and influence a person could have, you wouldn’t give into a similar temptation?
This one decision in David’s story changes his life, and the lives of his family for many generations. But remarkably, God will still use David’s family for the good of all humankind.
As you read today, consider this: What have you found most interesting about the life of David?
READING & JOURNALING:
2 SAMUEL 11:1-27; PSALM 51:1-19
What have you found most interesting about the life of David?
Can you think of a time when you were tempted to do something and thought you should be able to do whatever you want and not face any consequences?
What do you find most interesting about David’s prayer in Psalm 51?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 24
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, I don’t want to be a person who thinks I can do whatever I want and not face any consequences. I want to be a person who trusts You, and recognizes You have my best interests at heart. Continue to help me to see that wisdom comes first from loving and trusting You. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.