38. Continue to love God

David committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband. The moment he was confronted with it by Nathan, the prophet, he repented and tried to convince God to take the consequences away. But when that didn't happen, David still went to worship God within His house. David always turned back to God. He immediately confessed when he did something wrong and returned to God. We can certainly learn from him and always turn back to God even though we do not get what we want. We should also be open to uplifting word from people, and we should turn our backs on sin and continue to follow God just like David did.

So as we've seen last week, the child born out of wedlock died. But David turned to God and still worshipped Him. Then he went to his wife, Bathsheba and comforted her:

"Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son and he called his name Solomon. Now the Lord loved him." 2 Samuel 12:24

Isn't it beautiful? God blessed them with Solomon. And as we all know, Solomon became the next king of Israel, the wisest man that ever lived. And it is beautiful to see that God loved him.

God gave them beauty for ashes. Because David repented and turned back to God, God blessed him with a very special son. I don't think this would have happened if David remained angry with God and turned his back on Him.

Not only that, but God brought victory for Israel over Ammon as well. Joab, who has been besieging Rabbah all this time, called for David to come and finish off the job.

"So David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah, fought against it, and took it. Then he took their king's crown from his head. Its weight was a talent of gold, with precious stones. And it was set on David's head. Also he brought out the spoil of the city in great abundance." 2 Samuel 12:29, 30

God was with David, because David's heart was for God. And God blessed him with even more riches and honor.

Even if we make mistakes, God will be with us and restore us. This reminds me of Romans 8:28:

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."

God will make ALL things (good things and bad things) work together for our good. But notice one very important part of this sentence - 'to those who love God'. David certainly continued to love God and that is why it worked out for his good. We should continue to love Him as well and not be angry with Him. We should look up to Him and praise Him in all circumstances, knowing that all things will work out for good, even if we don't see it that way now.  Next time something happens, remember this and hold onto it. God will make it work out for your good, even if others plan evil against you or circumstances don't work out as you had planned. Just remain close to Him! Even your enemies' evil plans will enrich you in the end, God will make sure of it.

Then I would like to end off with something interesting as a side note. Solomon was born and named Solomon by his father. But in 2 Samuel 12:25, we see that God called him Jedidiah, Beloved of the Lord. I love it. God also changed Abram's name to Abraham, Sarai's name to Sarah, Saul's name to Paul etc. This just made me wonder if God has a spiritual name for us as well? It could be. Why don't you ask Him? I am sure He will reveal it to you.

Father thank you that You make all things work together for the good of those who love You. We trust You in all circumstances that what happened will somehow work to the good even though we cannot see it right now. Thank you for kindness and goodness. We love You. Amen

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