Many of you reading this article may be Christian and dedicated readers of the Bible. If so, you will be very familiar with one of the most famous individuals written of in scripture—King David. You likely also know that he is one of the few individuals who God said was a man after his own way of thinking, and that he committed two great sins—adultery and premeditated murder. If you know these things, then you know that when God could have had the King stoned to death, He covered his sin so that he wouldn’t suffer the death penalty, but still allowed him to suffer great affliction the rest of his life for his sin which was worthy of death in God’s eyes.
“And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came. And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the Lord hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man. Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head. And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so? And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? Let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.” 2 Samuel 16:5-12.
It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for His cursing this day. I’m taking this route because we have received the sure mercies of David by the revealing of Christ unto humanity, which is, by the grace of the Father, and we also can be forgiven of great sins that we’ve committed in our lives just as David was forgiven and covered. When this happens, we are also in a position through Christ to develop the same kind of heart that would cause the Father to say, “My children are after my way of thinking” like David was.
I really hope this is what I am obtaining and becoming as I follow Christ, and I believe if you are a Christian, this is a goal of yours as well. What I’m seeing in those scriptures is that when David understood that all of his suffering after his sin was of his own doing, even when this man would have been shut down by David’s soldiers under normal circumstances, he told them to stand down and let it happen because this man was sent from God to curse him and that if he humbly took it, maybe God would choose to have more mercy on him.
Many of us aren’t even going through levels of affliction close to what David earned for himself, and yet even as we claim to be followers of God, we find it difficult to suffer defrauding or any type of persecution and ridicule, whether it’s because of the faith or simply because someone in our life doesn’t want to let go of some evil that we did to them at one time and they are deciding to cling unto a grudge.
David’s ability to suffer affliction and not look for any reward except God’s mercy is what we all should strive to do. Are we anything like the great servant David in the sight of God? Time will tell. Stay faithful my friends.