Thursday, March 5, 2009

I Think I've Got It

I think I just found the answer to why David was a man after God's own heart.

Here it is.

Are you ready?

Two words: Conviction and Repentance

Not just any conviction and repentance.

IMMEDIATE conviction and repentance.

Remember when God told David to not harm Saul ... you know don't touch the Lord's anointed, despite the fact that Saul was just trying to kill him. Then, David cuts off a portion of his garment.

I'm thinking ... "Big deal. He didn't harm Saul (the Lord's anointed). He just cut off a little piece of material. No harm done. Right? I mean the man is trying to kill him."


It didn't matter what Saul was doing.

It's all about the heart. 

It's about God's Word being God's Word no matter what the circumstance (even when someone is trying to kill you and whether you think it's fair or not).

David's heart was malicious at that moment. Angry. Ready to harm and hurt.

Even though it was such a minor thing, David realized it was a major heart thing.

David then immediately repents and even apologizes to his men for doing this.

Why is it so hard for us to recognize the conviction and go to God right at that moment? Then do something about it? Put action behind our words?

This quote by Beth Moore pretty much sums it up:
"One sure measurement of our proximity to God, whether near or far, is the length of time between conviction and repentance."

Why do I wait?

I want to know my sin immediately and change my ways immediately ... not drag out the whole process for weeks, months, years.


thedomesticfringe said...

I wrote a whole paper once on David being a man after God's own heart. I don't remember what I came-up with, but your conclusions sounds perfect.

Good quote! It's ashame that sometimes I'm convicted, but decide to wait to repent because I want to wallow in the mud for a little while. Why do I do it???

I think I need to read about David again.


Rachel said...

Good stuff!

Amy Bennett said...

I think sometimes if we repent right away it's almost as if there's no way we could be sorry enough that quick you know? I think it's almost as if we want to "live with" our mistakes just so we prove we're sorry about them. I don't know, maybe I'm off base and it's not like that in all cases, but I think sometimes it is.

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RachelQ said...

IMMEDIATE conviction and repentance.

so true!!!! Thanks for sharing this

Sara@i.Sass said...

Ooh good post. I love conviction. For myself that is. Not so fun to be the one to have to give it.
And repentence. I'm good with that too I just wish I could MAINTAIN it. sometimes I feel like yeah it's a new day, but darn it I did IT again!

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jennifer said...

Well said! This may be my favorite post of yours ever. And I NEEDED to hear it just right now!

Kim said...

you nailed it! this just came up in a study i'm doing with some friends!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

You're right on, baby. Sometimes though, in my head, I like to pretend that conviction is the same thing as repentance and it's not. NOT AT ALL SARAH.

Repentance...gotta get better at that.

Great great post.

jennifer said...

well said. :-)