Faith in the midst of grief…


2 Samuel 12:15 The Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became very ill. 16 David therefore pleaded with God for the child; David fasted, and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 The elders of his house stood beside him, urging him to rise from the ground; but he would not, nor did he eat food with them. 18 On the seventh day the child died… 20 Then David rose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes. He went into the house of the Lord, and worshiped…

David had done a terrible thing in having Uriah killed so he could take Uriah’s wife Bathsheba as his own. The child he conceived with Bathsheba was cursed by God and died shortly after birth. It’s a tragic story start to finish… which is why the last part of v.20 got my attention:

“(David) went into the house of the Lord, and worshiped…”

Wow. It just seems incredible to me that David responded to the death of this child with worship of the same God who cursed the child. Astounding. Lord, grant that I might have faith that is a fraction of David’s faith and trust in you. Amen.

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