Summary: David reminds us that the relationship between our love for God and our potential for sin is deeper than we realize.
In 1501, Michelangelo was presented with a huge piece of marble and commissioned to create a statue of David for the Cathedral in Florence, Italy. Other sculptors had rejected the stone because of a defect. Michelangelo, however, began a work that would take three years to complete. He knew that deep within that block of marble the sweet singer of Israel, David, was waiting to be released. Michelangelo was willing to take the risk of using the damaged stone to accomplish his intended purpose. Only a master artist could release that incredible sculpture of David from a block of flawed marble without completely destroying it. (1)
The human David also had a serious flaw at the center of his life. Had anyone other than the Master worked on him he would have been destroyed. David reminds us that the relationship between our love for God and our potential for sin is deeper than we realize. Paul lets us in on the same truth when he says in Romans that all of us are prone to sin.
The Bible clearly states, “All have sinned.” (Romans 3:32) It is in my nature to sin; it is your nature to sin. David reminds us that we were conceived in sin. (Psalm 51:5) None of us go unaffected. We hurt ourselves, we hurt other people, and we are hurt by other people, all because of sin. So what is the solution? Ask God to forgive your sin and commit to the work of recovery.
As you walk with God you are either in recovery, rebellion, or relapse. Study the life of David in 2 Samuel and see if you don’t agree with this idea.
A common phrase used in the world of healing is, “time heals all wounds.” I have found this to be more false than true. As a pastor, I talk regularly with people who are still carrying hurts from 30 or 40 years ago. The real truth is, time often makes things worse. Wounds that are left untended fester and spread throughout the entire body. (2) Time only extends the pain if the problem is not dealt with.
So, what is the solution? Learning how to make right choices! The most important thing you will do today is make choices. You will make thousands of them. By the way, although this life offers thousands of choices, eternity only offers two: heaven or hell. Do you realize the choices you make determine your destiny?
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference 3
1. Are choices the very hinges of destiny?
2. Do we make choices or are we just the product of our genes, as some scientists would say?
3. Are we just the product of our past, as some psychologists would say?
4. Or, are we the product of God’s sovereignty, as some theologians would say?
I believe that each day we all make choices that produce spiritual, mental, and emotional health. That makes it possible for us to overcome problems like anger, anxiety, addiction, worry, discouragement, depression, grief, guilt, and burnout.
The result of right choices is a life of effectiveness for Christ and happiness for you. Webster’s Thesaurus tells us that synonyms for the word choice include: selection, preference, alternative, and election.