Abuse of Power

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2 Samuel 11:4 Then David sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her.

In the history of David and Bathsheba, we don’t see any record that Bathsheba was a willing participant. While there isn’t a specific ancient Hebrew word translated as rape in English, this account indicates that David saw Bathsheba more as an object to gratify his desires than he saw her as an individual created in the image of God. At best, David used his power and authority as king to take advantage of a woman whose husband was away fighting a war – the same war David himself should have been fighting! 

Chances are high that you’ll never be in a position to abuse somebody in the way David did with Bathsheba. But every day, each and every one of us may be tempted to manipulate others to get what we want. We may complain, withdraw, manipulate, take advantage, or increase our level of sarcasm when we don’t get what we want. While these may not be the same level of abuse as what David demonstrated, they can still be classified as emotionally abusive (at worst) or emotionally unhealthy (at best) actions toward others. 

READING & PRAYERS:

     2 SAMUEL 11:1-27, MATTHEW 7:12 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: How regularly do you find yourself complaining, withdrawing, manipulating, or using sarcasm or judgmental comments toward others? 

REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Today, take 10 seconds to remind yourself that everyone you interact with has been created by God, in the image of God, for the glory of God. Afterward, evaluate the effectiveness of this exercise.

Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess there are times when I simply want what I want. And in those moments I don’t always consider the needs of others. Today, help me remember that all people I interact with have been created by You, in Your image, and for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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