“King David fulfilled God’s purposes” is the title of the teaching message that I heard at church on Sunday, as I listened I was prompted to think about my own life and the lives of others that we at Safe Harbor have the privilege to work with, the message continues to stay with me …as I think about why it resonates so much within I realize it is a beautiful portrayal of our humanness intersecting with God’s redemptive work…and what comes forth is HOPE….hope for me, hope for you and hope for our humanity (that which is subject to do the wrong thing) and in that I am reminded of the capacity for purpose even in the most destructive circumstances.
The teaching message took us through a journey in the bible using scripture to lay out God’s purposes for King David’s life…for one it is through the line of David that Christ is born…the bible says “he (David) was a man after God’s own heart” Acts 13:16-23…he was a great leader and a great warrior but here’s the hope; he was not so great in the area of his interpersonal relationships. In this example, David chooses to look the other way when his son Amnon raped his daughter Tamar (2 Samuel 13).
Amon then despised and hated Tamar because of his own actions (blaming the victim)…because of the “ elephant in the room” that the family refused to deal with, under King David’s familial leadership….(after festering for about 2 years) Absalom another son of David’s felt the need to avenge his sister Tamar’s honor by murdering Amnon his brother…he was then forced to flee to a city of refuge because of his murderous deed (and forced to live away from his family for about 3 years)…let us not forget that David was also known in scripture as an adulterer and a murderer (2 Samuel 11), this is a picture of generational dysfunction huh…sounds a little more familiar now…how many of us can relate to broken or dysfunctional family systems…why is it we so often relate only to the dysfunction in the family system and miss the redemptive work of God?
All families have dysfunction, even the healthiest of families have pain, separation, loss, disappointment and brokenness…the thing that resonated so for me, was that although King David struggled as a leader in his own family, he made poor and destructive choices and many mistakes in his interpersonal relationships…King David still fulfilled God’s purposes for his life….including the fulfillment of the eternal covenant (2 Samuel 7)…WOW therein lies the hope for you and for me …that is what I love about working for Safe Harbor I get to be a message bearer of hope…hope that is not of me but in me..Selena
Selena Eldridge M.S. and Christian Life Coach
Regional Director Safe Harbor Christian Counseling of AACO
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