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"Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.” 2 Samuel 11:15(b) It is not my intention to make light of the #metoo movement, but powerful men leveraging their position of power to do despicable things to obtain who and what they want is not a new concept.

It is not my intention to make light of the #metoo movement, but powerful men leveraging their position of power to do despicable things to obtain who and what they want is not a new concept.

I have always been drawn to David’s story in the Bible described as ‘ a man after God’s own heart’ (1 Sam. 13:14 & Acts 13:22), since his recorded actions are extremely far from being seen as perfect or righteous in the eyes of most people.

David’s story is a testament of just how greedy, judgemental, and manipulative we can be, as well as the intention of God’s influence in our lives – not perfection or religion but an intimate relationship and trust with our Creator.

The part of David’s story with his lust and strong desire for Bathsheba (bathing while ‘purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness’ btw) struck me as a clear depiction of an abuse of power. David was already blessed beyond measure but couldn’t resist manipulating his power and influence to get more – even though it did NOT belong to him.

After sending for another man’s wife, sleeping with her, and finding out that she was pregnant as a result of it, David went to great lengths to cover up his deeds. David arranged for Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, to come home during a vulnerable time to get him to sleep with his wife so it would look like the baby on the way was his. Uriah had too much integrity, even after David arranging for him to get intoxicated, to sleep with his wife during a time of war…in honor of the king no less. Because Uriah was a better man the David, David had to have Uriah killed in order to hide his shameful behavior. As a result, God had to allow David and Bathsheba’s son to die (2 Samuel 12), which devastated David – but he seemed to understand and accept God’s decision. Do we?

This is the part I have to take some time to comprehend. God spoke very clearly to David and he consistently received what God said as truth – David trusted what God said over what people said. David tapped in with God, even in the midst of sinful behavior, and responded to what God shared with him.

Is this the actual journey we should aspire to? If so, it should shift our judgment for one another and ourselves. Prioritizing our relationship with God during all times, increasing in intimacy and trust, seems to carry weight with God – even in spite of following every ‘rule’ of the law.

David was wrong and was punished. David was appointed, anointed, and elevated. David was imperfect but remained in pursuit of God. David was described as a man after God’s own heart because he would do everything God wanted him do (Acts 13:22).

Your sin or shortcomings shouldn’t stop you from pursuing God wholeheartedly and unapologetically. Your sexual orientation, preferences, past trauma, or ideologies shouldn’t stop you from pursuing God for yourself. Seek a relationship with your Creator knowing that He loved you so much that He sent a piece of Himself in human form to die for you in order to restore the intimate relationship He craves with you. You are enough…in fact, you’re more than enough!

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