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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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Everything seemed to go well in Israel. Year after year, enemies were defeated. Things went so well that David saw no need to accompany the army in attacking Rabbah, capital of the Amalekites.

 

Success has its risks. Idleness, impure thoughts, vanity, and so many other sorts of evil flourish more during good times than in times of adversity.

 

While Joab and the soldiers were risking their lives, David indulges in lustful thoughts and is overcome by them. He commits adultery with Bathsheba and orders the murder of Uriah. Sad end for what to David seemed harmless. The wages of sin are death. Wrong thoughts generate improper feelings that culminate in disastrous deeds.

 

When the Amalekite capital was practically won, David was brought to command the ultimate attack. The city of Rabbah was left in ruins and David received the glories. Oppression and violence ensued. Many Amalekites cities were ravaged and the people forced to hard labor.

 

The fact that David had put the defeated king's crown on his own head received great prominence, but in the eyes of God it was not important. When we give place to sin in our lives, our scale of values is impaired.

 

What God values is righteousness of life, the fruit of communion with Him. If we don’t enjoy praying and meditating on God's goodness; if our practices lean towards boastfulness and shrewdness, then our life will be a failure even if we receive men’s applause.

 

Righteous Judge, “See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:24, NIV).

 

Jobson Santos
Adventist Media Center
Brazil