“I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you more things like these! Why have you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight?” 12:8-9
Ten years of being king in Jerusalem and David gets a little lazy and entitled.
This story is deeply tragic on many levels, but I want to focus on Uriah.
Uriah was one of the 30, who had been fighting with David and Joab for the last 20-some years. He was there from the beginning. He’s not just some nobody character. And David knows before he sleeps with her that she’s his bodyguard’s wife. He’s brave, he’s a warrior, he’s a principled guy. He refuses to partake in luxury while the ark, Joab and all the men are out on the field. A sentiment David should have felt.
David forces Joab to let their friend die at the hands of their most evil enemies. You can tell Joab’s perturbed about it in the way he reports it: “If David asks why I made such a horrible call in the battle, you let him know his dirty work was done.”
Now, this ultimately is between God and David. His response is Psalm 51, in which he says, “against You, You only, have I sinned”. But notice how when God has Nathan confront David, He uses a story that really endears you to the Uriah character. God loved Uriah. “The thing David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.” 11:27
We’ve all felt entitled before. We’ve all been lazy. I’ve even assumed God would do something for me at the expense of someone else. I think this is a real problem plaguing Christians today. We assume God is loyally on our side, and it’s easy to forget that He loves our enemies.
Behind every heinous act there is a pretty basic root heart issue that can often be way too easy to relate to. We can’t always back peddle our way out of it, but all the while God is saying, “I’ve given you so much, and if you would have asked I would give you more, why this?”
Is there something you’re coveting? Bring it before the Lord today and see what He says.