Learning from David’s character

Just like a coin, there are two sides to person’s character; the good characteristics and the bad ones. As a child of God, you need to emulate the good characteristics and avoid the bad ones.

Good characteristics
David as our point of reference, we need to view his character from three stages of his life; as a youth, as an adult and at old age. In this way, no one will have any reason to say I do not fit into his shoe.

As a youth – David has a strong faith and courage in the Lord
His faith added to his courage paves way and gave him the confidence to face and have victory over Goliath. 1Sam. 17:36, 45 states,
“Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover, David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine”
As a youth, having strong faith in the Lord will boost your courage to face any new challenge. You need to think and recollect the past goodness of God in your life, this will boost your faith to a level that you will be fearless.
Youth age supposed to be a good foundation upon which to build the future. Therefore, youth must always pray for grace to rely totally on God

As an adult, David built a good relationship with God
Another of David’s characteristics is found in his relationship with God as the source of his strength; a relationship that produces positively in his life. What are the ways he built the relationship?
• He relied on God for guidance (2Sam. 2: 1; 5:19)
• His commitment to the course of God, e.g.
o his eagerness to build a temple for the Lord;
o the lavishing ceremony in bringing the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem (2 Sam. 6:1-)
• he wrote numerous songs to praise God
• He maintained a position as a king who promotes the course of God’s kingdom above his earthly kingdom.
As an adult, you must strive and commit your ways to the course of God. This is one of the secret of David’s success; you must allow God to reign supremely over your life, total submission under His rule.
Wherever you fall as a Christian, you must always pray for grace and empowerment to submit totally for God to reign over your life. In this way, He will make you to prosper in all your ways.

At old age, he was sincere in all areas to God and man
Because of his sincerity, he was anointed as king three times: by Samuel, by men of Judah and by Israel as a whole (1Sam. 16:11-; 2Sam. 2:4; 2Sam. 5:1-). He fulfilled his vow which he made to Jonathan his friend by looking for a descendant to whom he may pay back what Jonathan had done for him. No wonder that the Lord said He has found a man after His own heart. Sincerity is acting in truthfulness, righteousness, faithfulness, honesty, integrity, fairness.
As a Christian, to gain the kingdom of God should be paramount to you than any earthly gains. A Christian must strive to hold on to these virtues. It takes spiritual empowerment to be sincere, you need to be praying every day for the grace to be.

Bad characteristics to avoid
As said earlier, there is the other side of coin. David, like all human being, had his own weaknesses, a bad trait that produces negatively in his life. All human being in one way or the other have committed one evil or the other.
David committed sin of adultery. Adultery bred lie, deceit and murder. To hide an evil, a lie is needed to sustain that evil; that lie will eventual lead to a greater evil; hence, after David laid with Bathsheba, he murdered her husband Uriah.
In another situation, because of the insensitivity of David the devil took that advantage and move against Israel; the devil made David to take sensor of Israel. An act that amount to pride against God.
Brethren, the scripture warns us in the book of 1Cor. 10:12; “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall”. No matter how thorough we embrace all the good qualities of a Christian, we must guide ourselves spiritually. Let us pray and strive to avoid sin by being filled with the Holy Spirit all the time. The in-filling of the Holy Spirit guides your heart from falling into the trap of the devil. We must be sensitive to every moment in our day-to-day activities so that the devil will not take advantage of our insensitivity.
One thing good about David is that he knows how to quickly run back to God and ask for forgiveness, and he would never make such mistake anymore.
Do you have the heart of David? Do you seek the things of God above your own? Are you sincere to God and man? Do you allow the spirit of God to guide you? Do you allow God to rule supremely over your life? Today is not too late. Learn a lesson from David.
Whatever we have become and what we are going to be, is not by our power, not by our knowledge, nor by man’s wisdom; but all by the spirit of God.

By Lawrence Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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