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‘I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.’ Psalm 101:2 NLT

After King David’s affair with Bathsheba, the prophet Nathan told him, ‘The sword shall never depart from your house.’ (2 Samuel 12:10 NKJV) And it happened. His son Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar, and because David had lost his moral authority at home, he did nothing about it. When his other son Adonijah staged a coup, his father ‘never crossed him at any time by asking, “Why have you done so?”’ (1 Kings 1:6 NASB) If ever there were times David needed to be a husband and father, these were it.

As a leader he unified Israel, won wars, and brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. But with his own family, he blew it. No wonder he ‘went up by… the Mount of Olives, and wept.’ (2 Samuel 15:30 NKJV) When he heard of his son Absalom’s untimely death, he cried, ‘If only I had died in your place!’ (2 Samuel 18:33 NKJV) And when he faced death himself, instead of sending for his wife and children, his servants hired a carer. (See 1 Kings 1:4)

The man who made strangers of his own family died in a stranger’s arms. Don’t make the same mistake! If you succeed everywhere but at home, your achievements will be hollow. Apart from your relationship with God, your first priority should be your family.

David wrote, ‘I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.’ Sadly, he didn’t live up to these words. But by God’s grace, your story can be different!

SoulFood: 1 Kings 12–13, Matt 13:47–58, Ps 82, Pro 12:18–19

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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