6 and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah
5 words can make all the difference. I have heard the story of King David and Uriah’s wife a few times this week in random sermons and blog posts. When I was lead to start reading through the Gospels again yesterday, I stopped and cried just a little as I read these 5 words, “by the wife of Uriah.”
David has an incredible story and was without a doubt a great king and one of God’s favorites; but David had some issues. His lust for another man’s wife lead him to not only commit adultery with her, but to also kill that man when he couldn’t hide the affair from him. David should have fallen from grace right then and there. He should have put his head down, resigned from the king business and moved to a far mountain by himself, never to be heard from again. Isn’t that what we do? We fail miserably and usually very publicly and then we accept defeat, give up our ministry, and hide. God however, moves on. These 5 words in Matthew remind me that God never gives up on us. We may fail, but God does not. After much grief and many consequences, God sees fit to bless David and Uriah’s wife with a child who is an ancestor to Jesus! Solomon, that great and wise king, was the product of that deeply damaged union. Out of David’s worst season comes his greatest legacy. Not only that, Matthew names them in his genealogy here forever linking their failings with the birth of Christ! Stop here, please and drink that truth in. Adultery, murder, NOTHING can keep God from using you.
God’s message for those of us who fail right here is shocking, and it changes the game forever. We may be devastated by our failings and our sin, but God can and will use that for His glory. He will use your story for His purpose. You are going to sin, you are going to fail, but God has a plan and it keeps moving even while you are down on your knees still begging for forgiveness. He heard that first turn of your heart back to him and has already moved on. . .he has forgiven you, he has begun the work of restoration and has a plan and a purpose. Repent, stop doing that, but then get yourself up and realize that God has moved on, and so should you! You are still here so keep growing, keep reading, keep praying and keep looking for those opportunities to serve God and use that experience to help someone else.
Father God, your grace overwhelms me. It still amazes me. I am a lost and deeply damaged sheep, yet you continue to shepherd, you continue to encourage, and forgive, and love. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your love. Show me how to serve you, love you and extend your grace to others.