How Not to be Successful
2 Samuel 11:26-27 :
When Uriah’s wife heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. When the mourning was past,
David sent and took her home to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son.
But the thing that David had done displeased Yahweh.
With Uriah dead, Bathsheba did her ceremonial morning, after which David quickly married her and within
nine months the child was born and everything was taken care of. The cover-up was successful and everything was fine
except for one problem. "The thing that David had done displeased Yahweh."
In God's eyes, David was a dead man. We've already read why. Let's go back to Leviticus and
Leviticus 20:10 :
“‘The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, even he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife,
the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
David only fooled himself and those around him. This was very similar to the time when he tried to live in
the land of the Philistines. Things seemed like they were working out, but they actually were not. There is really only
one person in life we need to please in order to be successful. Success isn't measured by what
others think of us, or even how we think of ourselves. It's only measured by what our Creator thinks of us. Without
his happiness, man cannot be successful. David had violated God's law. Not only had he committed adultery,
he murdered the woman's husband through extortion.
You might wonder why God didn't just strike David dead immediately. Well, we have a good idea about why He didn't
do that. Remember, God was supposed to strike Adam and Eve dead too. In fact, Israel should have been long destroyed.
You and I have had far too many chances too. The Bible isn't a hate story. It's a story about a hero who loved
so much that He gave Himself for people like David who didn't deserve it. God doesn't want to kill people. He wants
to save them, but what a horrible mess we make of things! Until we realize that there is no success in life without
God's favor, we will continue to walk in fear and darkness. The only hope we have is God. If we don't accept His
offer to save us, life has no purpose and success is impossible.