Victory in Consequences

Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 8:2-12; 12:18-23, 26-31; 23:9-17; 1 Chronicles 11:10-11, 20-47; 18:12-13

"Then David got up from the ground…. He went into the house of the Lord and worshiped…. David answered, 'While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, 'Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.' But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again?'" (2 Sam. 12:18, 22)

"The Lord gave David victory everywhere he went." (2 Sam. 8:6; 1 Chron. 18:13)

One of God's consequences for David's sins of adultery and murder was the loss of his child. David pleaded with God to spare his son, but then accepted God's will and worshipped him when his prayers weren't answered. Another consequence was that David would be at war with his enemies all his life. Yet, God gave him victory in all his conquests! God blessed David because he lived a life of honesty, integrity and obedience, with a heart fully devoted to God (1 Kings 3:6; 9:4; 11:4; 14:8; 15:3).

Life is filled with one battle after another, with some of the same struggles being repeated again and again. When we fall flat on our face, God stands near, with an outstretched hand, to lift us up. He remains faithful, always ready to comfort, strengthen and protect. He makes something good out of every failure or heartache that we place in his hands.

Lord, I want to face life's challenges with David's passionate heart of faith, earnestly seeking to know and reflect your heart. Make me fully committed to your ways and fully devoted to your heart. When my prayers are answered differently than what I had hoped for, help me to accept the outcome as your divine will, and praise and worship you just the same. Teach me to fight my battles with courage and endurance, gaining more strength with each conflict and more confidence in you with each victory. As I face various attacks, strengthen me and give me victory everywhere I go. Help me, Lord, to stand firm in the fight and to claim your victory.