1 Samuel 16:7b ….For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
Have you ever pondered which historical figure of the Bible you relate to most? I have. And I would like to say I relate to Ruth, with her unwavering loyalty to her mother-in-law. Or Joshua and his faith and courage. But in fact, the person I really jive with is....David. Yup. The murdering adulterer. Turns out David and I have a lot in common (aside from the murder/adultery part!):
1) We’re both musical. He throws down on harp and likes to sing when he’s happy...or sad or mad or...(a lot of the Psalms are his greatest hits).
2) We both have a strong belief that our Heavenly Father will always come through for us (1 Sam 17:37).
3) Bless our hearts, we are both a big, emotional mess! David, just like yours truly, tends to react to situations with emotions on full tilt instead of thinking things through. We wear our hearts on our sleeves, and we don’t do our feelings halfway. Consequently, David makes one wrong choice after another, reacting in the moment. I feel ya, David.
Here’s what gives me hope: David was still “a man after God’s own heart.” Although maybe God might’ve done a forehead slap or two when it came to David (he had every right to), He NEVER said “Well, I tried. This one is hopeless!” God loved David. He loved the fact that he was truly joyful in worship and heartbroken when he sinned. He loved that David was all in when it came to their relationship. Basically, He loved in David what I consider a weakness in myself: intense emotions. Because through the roller coaster of David’s emotions, whether in joy or remorse, he kept coming back to God. His feelings might have been everywhere, but his faith was always steadfast.
When I allow God to take the reign on my, ahem, high-strung emotions, He can turn my source of shame into a tool for His glory. God used normal people with normal weaknesses all throughout the Bible, yet I keep forgetting that He can also use me. And guess what? God instilled those passionate emotions in me, on purpose, for His purpose! And just like my buddy David, God will never say, “This one is too much, I’m done.” That’s worth singing about...hit it, David!
~Which person in the Bible do you relate to most, and is it through his/her weaknesses or strengths? How can God use those traits in your life for His glory? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!