Psalms 101:2-3 “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
Post mortem of a failure. Literally, analyzing the reasons why we did what we did and received the undesirable results that we received. We fail often enough that you think we would learn from our failures. We should be perfecting our way; making better, more right decisions every day.
We often look at the life of David and wonder, “How could a man who committed adultery, lie, try to ensnare her husband into covering up his sin, and in the end, murder him, be known as a ‘man after God’s own heart’?”
David made allowances for his sin.
It was a time when kings were to go out to war – he wasn’t where he should have been.
He laid about the house without purpose or plan.
He went on his roof and spied a woman, bathing and naked.
He looked, lusted and took that which was not his.
What followed, was a series of corrections by God; to the nation of Israel, to his rule, his family and to his personal walk with God.
You would think that you and I could look upon the lives of those who have gone before us and learn from their mistakes. We, who name the name of Jesus Christ as Savior should be the ones to heed the warnings; teach the elements that lead to failure and show the path of blessing and success.
Yet, we look back and we see that we have made allowances; given ourselves permission to sin. We can deceive ourselves and blame someone other than our self. Situation, circumstance – they happen to us all. But the door we opened by our hand to allow in those things that plague us – become our responsibility; our choice.
David had set up things in his life – barricades, if you will – to stop sin from getting close to him.
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes.”
How many of us need to place that verse on our computer screens; our television screens; our smartphone wallpaper to remind us of the effect that which we see truly see takes from us?
Lamentations 3:51 “Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.”
It is turning summer and often, people dress more immodest during this time and blame the weather instead of their choices as to what they wear outdoors. Men and women alike need to guard their eyes for what we see affects how we think.
We make allowances for the sins of the mind because we think no one sees the results. Not yet , at least.
Numbers 32:23 “But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.”
The wickedness and deceitfulness of our own heart can talk us into such ‘stinkin thinkin’ that we spend more time and energy in covering up our sin than we do in getting right.
We make allowances for others as well.
How many of us will confront those who take the name of the Lord in vain?
I approached a man one day and said, “(his name), I cannot stop you from your cursing, but that is MY Savior’s name you are using and I take offense at that!” I have had some balk at my confrontation and I respond; “It’s like me calling your mother a whore and a slut. Now, you wouldn’t take too kindly to that now, would you?”
By that time, I have their attention and can hammer home the point that at the very least, try not to curse or take the Lord’s name in vain in my presence?
We make so many allowances – compromises, if you will – that hurt our relationship with our Heavenly Father that we do not realize it until later.
Hebrews 11:24-25 “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season…”
We want our sin. We like our sin. The sting of sin’s eternal reward has been paid for with the complete sacrifice our our Lord. But there is still the law of sowing and reaping. For the Christian, this life will contain the payment of our choices. Our eternity is settled, but the life we live here on this earth is still under our ability to choose.
David’s choices are really not all that different from our own. We are the king and ruler of our life. We can choose to give God the reins and follow obediently. Or, we can take back the reins and steer our life our way.
Once we make that decision, we have pushed God to the curb and said that we know better; we want to choose the path we take. Ultimately, we want control.
Over the years, I have found that God always knows best. God is always right. God is always there and never leaves as He promised. I just need to remind myself BEFORE I make my decisions.
Lastly, we are admonished:
Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
Choose one area and work on that one. Then, allow God to choose another. Pretty soon, we will find that we are closer, desiring more things godly and righteous.
Isaiah 28:10 “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”
Let us start today – one thing at a time.