Then David came and arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord and worshipped, then he came to his own house, and when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. – 2 Samuel 12:20
As much as we try to keep our public lives perfect in front of others, there is always an event or series of events that begin to showcase our weaknesses. There is not one person on this planet that has not had their public image tainted. There is always someone that knows what no one else knows about you. I can say proudly and openly that I am not perfect. My weaknesses are known by many, despite if I told them or not.
You see, as human beings we have the propensity to slip and fall. We have the propensity to go against our better judgement. We have wandering eyes, slippery tongues, and are full of sin.
King David was held up on a pedestal; after all he did defeat a 9 foot giant with just a slingshot and 1 stone. He had the favor of all the beautiful young women of his town. He was living on top of the world and had the highest office in the land. From an outsiders perspective we’d all think that he had it made but yet he too had struggles.
All the good he did, fell to the wayside once he stole, committed adultery, was an accomplice to murder, and lied. (By the way this all happened in the same setting.)
There is always someone that knows your shortcomings and your struggles. David received an eye-opening declaration by Nathan the prophet. Nathan had received the news via God and he declared to David that his act would be punished by way of losing his firstborn with Bathsheba. This news took David to fast.
He was fasting for his son but he was actually the beneficiary. His son still died but David regained his position. Let’s take a look at how David rebooted:
- He got up
- He washed himself
- He anointed himself
- He changed his closed
- He went into the House of the Lord
- He worshipped
David did all that he could do. Have you done all that you can do? It might be time for you to reboot. Go to God in prayer and fasting. Your intentions might be for something different but in the end, he is interested in you being placed in the position he designed for you!
Where did David end up? He ended up back in the palace and at the head of the table.
Your life might have taken some unexpected turns but I tell you this morning, it’s time to reboot. Shut-off and restart. Don’t practice self-pity, start over, and this time give God the opportunity to be strong in the midst of your weakness.
How else can we reboot?