This portion of the story is fascinating. In essence, a small shepherd boy kills a huge giant and eventually becomes king. And then this king becomes an adulterer, murderer, and utter failure. But that isn’t the end. God gives the king consequences for his sin, and then restores the king to victory.
As I read, a principle stood out to me. In the giant-shepherd-boy battle scene, David recognized, The LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand.” (I Sam. 14:47) In his own resources, he was completely unable to combat the huge, well-armed, experienced warrior. But David truly understood it was not his battle to win…God would fight for His own honor. He kept in mind God’s big and powerful perspective. How relieving to know that there is an unseen all-powerful God who works in miraculous ways through His people for His own glory. It’s not up to us. It’s all about Him.
This principle is underscored in David’s adulterous failure with Bathsheba. Here David seemed to have completely forgotten the presence of God when making his choices. Nathan the prophet asked, “Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. (II Sam 12:9) … “by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord.” (II Sam. 12:14).
I think if you had talked to David while he was considering sleeping with his neighbor and having her husband killed, he would not have thought about the fact that his actions would be despising or showing contempt for God. And that’s the problem. Because God is unseen, we sometimes forget His involvement in our lives and make poor choices because we think our lives are just about us—not Him.
The amazing part is that God in his grace confronted David, gave him a consequence for his actions (the death of his son), and then restored David to win battle victories and to have a son with Bathsheba that eventually built God’s beautiful temple.
If we remember his God’s unseen involvement in our lives, we will make better choices. And if we remember God’s powerful involvement in our lives, we can take on giant challenges with God-confidence.