Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What if?

2Sa 3:2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;
2Sa 3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;
2Sa 3:4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;
2Sa 3:5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron.

I don't personally believe God is in control of all things on earth. Man has his free will and the devil and his imps have their evil intentions. We are to pray that God's will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. I do believe God is ultimately in control of consequences though.

David, the man after God's own heart had multiple wives, had committed adultery, conspiracy, murder, deceit and disobedience in numbering the people.

I have wondered about King David and "what if?" he had never done some of the things he had done. I know we are dealing in a hypothetical here, but haven't you wondered where and what you might be today had you not pulled a few of your worst bone-headed mistakes? I mean, Hebrews talks about besetting sins. Obviously, had we not had to go back to square one so many times, we could have been so much further down the road.

I know most of us are hamstrung today because of terrible lapses in judgment, stupid mistakes, and eruptions of anger and grievous sins which have broken the heart of God.

And yet, we see in David's life the hand of God, piling on copious amounts of grace when judgment was due. I suppose the most glaring evidence of God's ability to provide a silver lining in the storm clouds of our iniquity is that our Savior was the prodigy of David and Bathing Sheba. (I am scratching my head even now).

And so, we may never know all of the “what ifs,” but we do know that our God is the God of the second chance, and third and fourth and fifth...........

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