Summary: Serving God is more than, Thou shall and Thou shall not


2 Samuel 11: 10/11

“And Uriah said unto David…………..I will not do this thing.”

Serving God is more than thou shall or thou shall not. It is a well of inner strength, a plane of higher living which is far above and more wonderful than what this world has to offer. When you have a relationship with the Father, you will not succumb to the circumstances of life; rather you will ascend to the very throne room of God and receive grace for every need.

Whether it is Uriah in the text, or Mr. Average Citizen, the principles of righteousness will separate every man who cares about the things of God. And this separation is as individual as fingerprints, and no list of rules can be given to cover every circumstance. Therefore, living by rules is living beneath your privilege as a believer; there is a law above the law.

Let me explain what I mean by the law above the law. Jesus said, “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Another example, you have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But Jesus said, “Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have you cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” Now that’s living in the Law above the Law.

Such words as “I say unto you.” Should be heeded, for Jesus is expanding the scope of the law to include, not just physical actions, but the condition, and what is in a persons heart. He is teaching the standards required of His people to attain the Kingdom of God.

So God has placed in man a conscience, a ruler or a guide, so the principles of righteousness can weld upon the conscience, if the believer will allow the Holy Spirit to do His work. For we will either be led by the Spirit of the Lord, or by the spirit of anti-Christ.

Let us look at the man Uriah, He’s in the middle of a battle, and is identified as a fighter. This man is no rear guard general; he is a front line soldier. No job is too hard, no trench too dirty, no enemy too fierce. Uriah’s one aim is to be near the ark of the Lord, and be wherever God’s dwelling place is.

For this man to be at peace with God, he must live in the sight of the tent where the Lord dwells, for he wants to follow the right leading; and be numbered as one that loves God. Uriah has put his hand to the plow; and there can be no looking back. Even the beauty of his wife cannot divert his course.

Uriah is on the battle field, fighting against the enemies of the Lord. Here is a physically man ready to serve the King, yet able to enjoy the comforts of a quiet life, the pleasures of fine food and fellowship. He is mentally strong enough to recognize the perils of the battle, but the ark of the Lord had more meaning than earthly security.

While on the other hand there is David. The man who conquered the Giant Goliath, he is not on the battlefield. There are no smooth stones now, no rejection of Saul’s armor, no saving a sheep from the mouth of a lion. David is the King and it seems that he has lost sight of his identity with God. For he now finds enough security in the palace to satisfy his thirsty soul.

The battle is raging, and David finds it easy to lead from the palace rather than being in the field. It is easy to hear of victory, and not to worry about winning one. It is much more difficult to pray down the shower than gets wet when it rains, so David is enjoying the good life while the fields are full of good men like Uriah.

When we let our guard down the enemy will cause trouble to come our way. In David’s case it was moral failure. The summary of the incident is brief; he saw, he inquired, he sent, he took, he lay and she returned home. And as quickly as it started, it ended. The path of sin is not difficult to find, nor is it hard to walk. You don’t have to be a great leader to sin; you only have to be foolish. Anyone can be lead astray with passion, but it takes a person of principles to control desires.

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