If you could? (II Samuel 13-14)

 17 And your servant thought, ‘The word of my lord the king will set me at rest,’ for my lord the king is like the angel of God to discern good and evil. The Lord your God be with you!” II Samuel 14:17

If you could go back into this year, would there be anything that you would change?  This question plagues my mind this morning.  I knew before I even got up that I was going to read one of the most difficult sections in the Bible’s account of David’s family.  These chapters cover the upbringing of David’s children (13:1 “after a time…”) as well as an eight year fight between his children as well as with David.

I believe there are no less than three things David would have changed if he could have gone back in time:

  • I believe David would not have been so disconnected from his family.

When it came to Amnon, David did not keep a watch on his son’s heart or his friends.  David also failed to protect his daughter.  David failed to disciple his son and he failed to help Absalom get beyond the hatred he had for Amnon.

  • I believe David would have fought to overcome the disfunction in his family.

Incest, hatred, unforgiveness, and murder were only a few of the disfunction’s in David’s family.  But all the while David was a man after God’s own heart.  David was a man who clearly knew how to discern good from evil.  So how could all this happen?

  • I believe David would have surrendered his past into God’s sovereign hand of purpose.

I think that maybe David felt, because of his own past, that he could not instruct those who knew him the most.  I see this often in so many of my friends.  It was as if David had authority everywhere but in his home. It was as if David was a problem-solver everywhere but at home.

Footnote: These are only my opinions.

Here is what is not my opinion:  The Devil is a liar (John 8:44).  The Devil knows if you and I confess our failures (I John 1:9)  God will create a clean heart (slate for us), (Psalm 51:10) in us.  The Devil knows the Lord can use our failures of the past to teach others how to live successfully in the present (Psalm 51).  The Devil knows the Lord will reach our families when we give our families over to Him (Psalm 56:4, 12,13).

The truth is, life is not if you could, but if you will!!!  I John 1:9

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