It takes courage to follow the Holy Spirit. We step out of the ordinary into the super ordinary when we follow the Spirit. Things happen that don’t normally happen. It breaks the routine of things. It interrupts our schedule. It breaks up the mundane. It’s almost like a special news bulletin that interrupts your normal television schedule. “We interrupt this broadcast for a special news bulletin from NBC news”. Well this is Keicha Gates interrupting your normal ordinary day with a special update from God himself; the update is that “God loves you and is leading you out of dangerous situations and difficult circumstances”. God will lead us, if we allow Him to take the lead. Let us come to the realization that we can not see very far ahead of us. God sees everything and knows everything. If we listen to Him and follow the direction of the Holy Ghost we can avoid meeting the wrong people and going to the wrong places. This is why some of us are having difficulties in our lives now. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Lets look at King David shall we. King David did not go to war with the men but stayed in Jerusalem. Bad decision!!!!!!! One evening King David got up and went to the rooftop of the palace; from the rooftop he saw a beautiful woman, Bathsheba, bathing. He sent messengers to go and get her. David had sexual relations with Bathsheba and she went back to her home. Later Bathsheba got word to King David that she was pregnant.
2 Samuel 11:2-5 New International Version (NIV)
2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba,the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. 5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
David was in a jam. He had been in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong somebody. What was David going to do? David started scheming and plotting. He asked that Bathsheba husband, Uriah the Hittite, be sent to him. King David wanted him to sleep with his wife so everyone would think this baby was his baby but Uriah did not sleep with Bathsheba. Instead he slept at the entrance of the palace with all the other master servants (2 Samuel 11:9). Uriah did not feel this was the right thing to do since the men were sleeping out in open fields. Why should he go home to wine and dine and sleep with his wife.
Next King David had him to dine and eat with him. David got him drunk. Uriah still did not go home to be with Bathsheba. Instead he slept on the mat among his masters servants.
King David was failing miserably. He finally wrote a note to Joab, commander of David armies, and sent it with Uriah. The note commanded that Uriah be put on the front lines where the fighting is the fiercest and withdraw from him so he will be struck down and killed (2 Samuel 11:14-15).
David had become reckless, thoughtless, careless, murderous, lustful, and unwise. All because he was at the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong person. David thought he had gotten away with this but God was not going to let David get away with it. God sent the prophet Nathan to visit King David. Nathan told King David a story.
“There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’” ( 2 Samuel 12:1-12)
It may look like people are getting away with sin but truly they are not because God sees everything. In David’s sinful actions, he forgot all about God. It took the prophet, a person who was not afraid of David’s position of authority to correct him and see the error of his ways. God is over kings, emperors, queens, sultans, pharaohs, princes, princesses, czars, dukes and all people of positions of authority. God is over them all. God is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Everything and everybody comes under his dominion. God rules and reign. Remember that when you think that high officials in this country or another country are getting away with things. God will bring them back to reality. Amen.