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A small thing that is a BIG DEAL!

II Samuel 11

 

The story of King David and Bathsheba is a tough one to process.  Why?  It’s not just because of the adultery and murder; it’s the fact that we know some powerful things about this King David who committed adultery and murder.  We know that God rejected Saul and chose David, because He “sought Him a man after His own heart (I Samuel 13:14)…”  And so the struggle is, picturing a man after God’s own heart falling so far.  This same David who wrote beautiful and prophetic Psalms has somehow succumb to a very dark place, and because of this we must ask the question…how is this possible.

 

It would be easier to swallow if David had raised the taxes really high to build a third home for himself.  But no, it’s much worse than that.  The same heart that was after God’s own heart is now at a place where it is planning and scheming to commit adultery, cover it up, and murder Uriah.  It was almost like a bad daytime soap opera.   It was a progression of events each one getting bigger and bigger.  And here lies the key to understanding how any one of us could find ourselves in this same predicament.  It started small!  It started with the King not being where he should be. 

 

It started small for David, and it can start small for us.  Maybe it’s watching something we normally wouldn’t watch, because we are tired and we need a break.  Or maybe it’s following someone on social media that we probably shouldn’t.  Maybe it’s the rolling of our eyes in contempt towards a coworker.  You fill in your own blank!  We all have a blank that we fill in when we get tired or too casual in our walk with the Lord.  And so it was for David, for whatever reason, he decided to stay in Jerusalem during “the time when kings go out to battle.”

 

So, what do we take away from this text?  The potential to do some really great things, and the potential to do some really horrible things are both in all of us.  And when a person truly understands this they will pay very close attention to the small minute details of this life.  The fact that you decided not to get up and pray… can be a big deal.  The fact that you called in sick to work when you really weren’t sick can be a big deal.  The fact that you read your Bible every day consistently is a big deal!  The fact that you pray every day for your spouse and children is a small thing that is a BIG DEAL!

 

Lord, help me be aware of the fact that life is full of small things that are a BIG DEAL.    Amen

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I ACCEPT

"If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction you will be honored."  Proverbs 13:18 

Simply put, if you ignore correction dishonor will come, and if you accept correction, honor will come.  This is a challenging verse to “accept”.  Many times correction feels like dishonor, so it can be tough to see how it will actually bring honor.  Correction and criticism can have a negative connotation, and they can feel like rejection and an attack. It’s one of the reasons we tend to reject them.  They can hurt deeply, because many times the critic exposes and reveals the vulnerable areas of our lives. 

When a person hears correction, he has a powerful decision to make.  Do I listen and receive or do I reject what I have heard?  Do I get offended or do I grow?  Although, correction and criticism can come from the mouth of a loved one or from the mouth of an enemy, EITHER WAY there is value!  Some of my greatest opportunities to grow came from the mouth of those I “felt” wanted to do me harm, AND it has come from the mouth of those who loved me enough to harm me, figuratively speaking.  People who love you enough to speak hard truth in love and those who speak hard truth with no regard for love…BOTH are needed at times.

Correction causes you to retrace steps that you missed.  It can cause you to stop ignoring the areas of your life that have prevented honor from finding you.  Correction and criticism can make you fruitful and honorable in the areas of your life that have gone barren.  And so you have a choice to make…listen or ignore…be offended or be thankful…accept or reject correction and criticism!  I choose to accept! I choose to be thankful in everything.  I choose to grow.  I choose to listen.  I choose to receive honor, and in turn, honor the ONE who is transforming my life into something that is honorable…JESUS THE CHRIST!

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