Why troubles come your way
King David wrote “ Before I was afflicted, I went astray;
but now I keep Your word.” (Psalms 119:67)
Think about what this means. King David had it all and everything going for him, but then he went astray and all hell broke lose in his life. Just how did he go astray?
On a beautiful day he stood on his rooftop and looking down saw the most beautiful woman naked and bathing. She just happened to be a married woman named Bathsheba, but that didn’t matter, he had to have her. The temptation was great and he yielded at that moment. In stead of changing his mind sin overtook him and he had her brought to him. At his palace he entered into a sexual relationship with her and Bathsheba got pregnant.
Her husband Uriah was a solder and in command of many men and was away fighting so King David had him summoned from the battlefield to go to his wife (to cover up their affair) and lay with his wife, but Uriah would not go into her because his men were fighting on the battlefield and he didn’t think it was right so he slept on the porch instead. David’s plan didn’t work so to make matters worse he had Uriah sent back, but this time to the front lines so he would be killed and sure enough he was killed. Now David had blood on his hands with murder in Gods eyes for what he had done.
David then took her into his household and she became his wife. Nathan the prophet was sent to David and told him a parable and ask what he would do to the man and David said this man must die. Then the profit said to David “you are that man!” This is what the Lord said to David as written in II Samual 12:7-18; “I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8I gave your master’s house to you and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah, and if that was not enough, I would have given you even more.
9Why then have you despised the command of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife as your own, for you have slain him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
11This is what the LORD says: ‘I will raise up adversity against you from your own house. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to another, and he will lie with them in broad daylight. 12You have acted in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
David’s Loss and Repentance
13Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.”
“The LORD has taken away your sin,” Nathan replied. “You will not die. 14Nevertheless, because by this deed you have treated the LORD with utter contempt, the son born to you will surely die.”
15After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16David pleaded with God for the boy. He fasted and went into his house and spent the night lying in sackclothc on the ground. 17The elders of his household stood beside him to help him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat anything with them.
18On the seventh day the child died.
God forgave David’s sin but tragedies followed his household. In Gods Grace he gave David and Bathsheba another son named Solomon who became the wisest and wealthiest King ever in Israel. Once again, what did David write in Psalms 119: 67? “Before I was afflicted, I went astray;but now I keep Your word.” And so it is with all of us. When we stray from the Lord and sin we get afflicted in various ways and means until we wake up and repent from our hearts and live right again like we did when we first met the Lord. Crazy as it might sound, the Lord allows things because of His great love for us. “ do no take lightly the discipline of the Lord.”
In Revelation 2 Jesus said to the church at Ephesus “ 4But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love. 5Therefore, keep in mind how far you have fallen. Repent and perform the deeds you did at first. But if you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. REPENT AND PERFORM THE DEEDS YOU DID AT FIRST! That could mean getting re-baptized as well if you have fallen far away and are coming back home where you belong into the arms of Jesus. Everyone must examine himself to see what is right according to the scriptures. As the Bible says we must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling as our God is a consuming fire……