Always Choose God
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24
Okay, let’s just keep it real. The world and all its toys and temptations can look pretty good sometimes. When we are left once again to make a choice, sometimes even really good people made the wrong decision. The Bible tells us King David was a good man who truly desired to follow the heart of God. “After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do’” (Acts 13:22).
Even so, when King David was tempted at seeing Bathsheba bathing, he made a poor choice. This king, who was dedicated to following the heart of God, sent for another man’s wife, committed adultery with her and then killed her husband to cover it up. King David was tempted by the world and made the wrong choice.
God confronted King David through the prophet Nathan, who said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more’” (2 Samuel 12:7-8). Did you hear that? If all that God had given King David had been too little, God would have given him even more!
David’s problem was not God’s lack of desire to bless him. David’s problem was that, as a Godly king, he saw something that belonged to someone else and was tempted to take it. In that moment of temptation, he chose to ignore God to get what he wanted. His punishment came because of his rebellion. God’s desire to bless David did not change. Instead, it was replaced by a requirement for justice.
God desires to bless us to the very limit of our ability to handle the blessings He sends. But, He requires that we surrender to Him and follow His Word and His Spirit. When we defy God, who desires to bless us, we disqualify ourselves from His blessing and open ourselves up to His justice. This is why walking the light is so important. When we choose God, we choose blessing. When we choose to defy God, we choose curses.
The choice is yours.