April 15, 2014
2 Samuel 11:2
One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,
I believe this could be part 2 of upstream decisions. We are talking about David, a man after God’s own heart. This walking around on the roof of the palace was both a cause and result. He was walking around on the roof after making an upstream decision of not going off to war with his army, shirking his responsibility. You see, it was the time that kings would go off to war with their armies. In the verse before, it said that David remained in Jerusalem – an upstream decision.
Walking on his roof brought a sequence of events that culminated in David’s committing adultery and murder. Downstream, that brought about heartache because of the death of his son born from this act of adultery.
However, God isn’t finished with David. He sent his prophet Nathan with a powerful word picture that convicted David’s heart of his sin. That wasn’t the end. David repented and wrote Psalm 51 (among many, many others). God’s grace can cover the deepest turning from His way.
That’s not the end either. It was actually this same woman that gave birth to Solomon. Now that one boggles my mind. God can turn wrong into the greatest right. It’s God’s powerful turn around. Downstream, not only was Solomon the great all-wise king who built the temple, but much further downstream, Jesus his descendant, was the turning point of all mankind. And with Jesus came the most eventful and powerful turnaround of all time. When Satan thought he had defeated Jesus, it was Satan himself who was actually defeated – forever and ever!!
Hallelujah!! Jesus lives!!!! And so can we – now and forever! So, what is our turn around? It is coming to Jesus and walking with Him into that now and forever.