• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 7, 2021

Daily Reading: II Samuel 8-12

2 Samuel 11:3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

David was a man of prayer. All a person has to do to know this is read the psalms he wrote. No one could argue the point. David was a man of prayer. As much as that is true, this is also true that David was a man. Being a man he was prone to sin.

Paul and Barnabas knew that all men are susceptible to sin. That's why when the people of Lystra wanted to sacrifice oxen to them as being Jupiter and Mercurius they, Paul and Barnabas, withstood them greatly. And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Acts 14:15 They knew that men are men, not God. James also knew this saying... Elias was a man of like passions as we are... Paul, Barnabas, Elias, James, and David, we are all of like passions. Having a sin nature that, while in this body of flesh, will always cause struggles of all types.

Back to David and his prayer life. Interestingly enough it is recorded that David enquired of the Lord 6 times from I Samuel 23:2 to II Samuel 5:23 (six being the number of human work or effort throughout the Bible). During those chapters David was a conquering hero. Things were okay for a while, from II Samuel 5:24 to II Samuel 10:19. But then we come to chapter 11. From this chapter to the end of the book David has great difficulties causing tremendous heartache, confusion, and reproach. There is the thing with Bathsheba, the killing of Uriah, Nathan telling him Thou art the man, a child that died prematurely, the situation between Amnon and Tamar, then Absalom stole the hearts of the people from his father (David), Absalom's expulsion, then a three-year famine in the land. It was a tumultuous time to say the least. A time wherein it is not recorded that David enquired of the Lord in this portion of the book of II Samuel. Finally though he did, in chapter 21:1 he once again enquired of the Lord.

When he was asking the Lord direction things were topside. When he ceased to ask the Lord for direction, things deteriorated. This is always the case. Just as a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame, (Proverbs 29:15) a child of God left to themselves without the leadership of the Lord, will bring shame. Not only to the child, but to the Lord's work as well.

Knowing that we are people of like passions, fleshly desires, and sinful tendencies let us make sure to keep a faithful, consistent, honest, and obedient spirit of prayer; always enquiring of the Lord.

Until tomorrow, enquire of the Lord Jesus today.

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