Life is made up of an infinite number of choices. And every choice matters. Choices shape our lives and they have consequences…and sometimes the outcomes create many blessings or problems. This semester in the SouthPark Women’s Bible study we have explored the many choices of King David.
David’s story is found primarily in 1 & 2 Samuel. His life had many complexities and many layers, some colorful, some vibrant and some dark. We follow him from shepherd boy to giant slayer, from anointed king to adulterer that led to lies and then murder.
David’s most notorious choice with Bathsheba turned into a lifetime of consequences. Both in the kingdom and in his house, rage and resentment were sparked by David’s lack of leadership. That led to many people’s resentment, including his own son’s. David’s inaction was the fuel for an already hot flame. David’s house was on fire because he disengaged.
Personally, he was awash with guilt.
Domestically, his home in shambles.
Politically, he had lost all respect and authority as a leader.
Even if you don’t make a choice, you are making a choice.
David played possum and kept trouble at a distance. He didn’t need to be perfect, just present. From the outsider’s perspective, David seemed to have lost the ability to process on a healthy level.
This story invites us to look at our own choices. It reminds us to face our stuff, be present, keep short accounts, and turn it over to God as soon as possible. Surrender your sorrows, forgive others, forgive yourself. Seek unity to build community. Why?
So that you are not clouded by pain and unresolved issues.
So that you can stay engaged and make wise choices.
So that you can be close with God and it can be well with your soul.
The good thing is, time and time again, we see David entrusting himself to his trustworthy Father. He found clarity in seeking God’s face. He wrote numerous Psalms pouring his heart and soul out to God. He turned to God for rest and comfort.
St. Augustine prayed, “Oh Lord, you made for us yourself and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
The Psalms show us that no matter how bad it gets, we can rest our restless heart to Him. Yes, David knew that help came from God and then…
God sent us real help in Jesus.
Jesus came to heal and help us; He came to show us how to live and forgive. He is the source and supply of any strength and wisdom needed to face the day and everything it brings.
He is more than able. He is faithful, forever and always. He is rest.
First Peter 2:25-26 reminds us, “By His wounds we are healed, for you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and overseer of your souls!”
The Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep and knows we have hearts that tend to wander.
What was David’s best choice?
He recognized that he sinned against God and admitted it. Often.
At the end of the day, He was an imperfect man, king, and father but a man after God’s own heart and a man that worshiped. He continually chose to seek God’s face in the good times and bad.
We can too.
“Create a in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me now away from your presence and take not your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of my salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit” (Psalm 51:10-12).
Our Church at Charlotte SouthPark Women’s Ministry holds Bible studies for women in the summer, fall, and winter/spring. Registration is now open for the Summer 2018 studies, offered on Wednesday evenings and Tuesday mornings. Check out the options and sign up for a study today.