Who, Me? Pull a King David?
I have very recently started looking at the lives of some of the most honorable, Godly, “Saints” in the Bible and guess what? While they loved God and served Him with their whole heart and soul, they were still just humans like you and I and they still made bad (wrong, sinful) choices and decisions.
These people (Starting with the very first man, Adam, had very real, very personal relationships with God. Some of them God called his “Friend”, some He called “Faithfull”, “Righteous”, and even “After His own heart”.
Adam – the very first man on God’s beautiful earth chose to separate himself from a loving God and disobeyed by eating of the fruit from the one tree he was told not to. We are so often like Adam and Eve, we want the one thing that is off limits in our life.
Abraham- In Genesis 12 Abraham had the nerve to question God! He also lied and gave his wife away not once but TWICE to save his own hide! And yet God considered him a righteous man and was willing to give two cities a chance because Abraham asked him to!
Sampson – Judges 15- Sampson was set aside, promised himself to God. But he had a problem with women, he couldn’t leave them alone! And they were his downfall. But in the end with his eyesight gone and years of being used as a slave and laughing stock God still used him in a mighty way.
Eli – I & II Samuel – A Priest (Preacher) in the temple and yet he had no control of his own sons. They lived in sin in full site of the whole town and made a mockery of their Dad and the house of God. Yet God used him to train one of the greatest Prophets of all time, Samuel.
Jonah- Jonah 1- Was called to preach by God, but didn’t like where God wanted him to go, so he ran away. When God finally got his attention and he agreed to go, once he got there he got MAD AT GOD and threw a temper fit because God didn’t act the way Jonah thought he should! But God still used his begrudging sermon to save a WHOLE city!
David- Known as “A man after God’s own heart” – He was the King of Gods Nation and yet he still sinned. He Looked and Lusted after a married woman, Committed Adultery, Tried to cover it up by getting a man drunk, Then Committed Murder.
Peter- John 6- Had enough faith to walk on water! But when he took his eyes off of Jesus he began to sink!
Later when they took Jesus to be questioned before he was crucified, Jesus had told Peter that he would deny Him three times and Peter was horrified at the very thought of it! But he not only denied Him he cursed and denied him! And yet Jesus forgave him and when Peter was later crucified for being a Christian he asked to be hung upside down because he felt unworthy to hang upright like his Lord.
If you have a weakness or Prevailing (found most commonly or having the most power or effect in an area; or found, existing, or in force) sin. Run away from all cause for temptation! Don’t allow yourself to be put in or caught in places or situations which test your strength. If you have failed once… stay away!!!
The Bible says that “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” It does not say that once we become saved and start following Christ we are magically transformed into perfect beings who no longer do anything wrong. We are still sinners, we are just “Sinners saved by Grace!”