I had a bad day recently. I was a disaster. Crabby, selfish, short-tempered. I was just a hot mess on wheels. I pity everyone who had to interact with me!
I’m assuming you have those days too. Everyone does. Even David.
In 1 Samuel 27, David is a hot mess. He’s discouraged, sick of playing games with Saul, tired of living in caves, and ready to throw in the towel. God had promised David he would one day be king, but stuck in the wilderness, David makes a bad decision. He decides to follow his feelings instead of trusting in the Word of God.
David leaves Israel, which is always a bad idea for one of God’s chosen people. Not only does he leave the Promised Land, he defects to the Philistines. He makes a deal with king Achish and stays with the Philistines for sixteen months.
David will suffer for this choice. The Philistines will eventually reject him. The Amalekites will come and take his family captive. His men will turn against him.
It’s a blessed reminder to me that even David, (a.k.a. the man after God’s own heart), messed up. A lot. His life was a series of highs and lows: Goliath and Bathsheba, worship and victory and failure and sin.
Through it all, God still loves David. The Lord still uses David in mighty, incredible ways. David will become the greatest king in Israel’s history. Jesus even describes Himself as, “the root and the descendant of David…” Revelation (22:16).
The Christian life is a long journey in which we fall down and get back up over and over again. The longer I walk with Jesus, the less I fall down. The quicker I am to repent and run back to Him. But I still fall.
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9 (ESV)
And God still loves me.