Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 12: 7 – 13
In Galatians 2:19-20, St. Paul says, “So far as the Law is concerned, however, I am dead – killed by the Law itself – in order that I might live for God. I have been put to death with Christ on his Cross, so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This is the life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loves me and gave his life for me.” Here Paul describes his relationship to Christ in terms of his profound personal attachment to and reliance on his Him. Dear child of God, this is the nature of relationship that should exist between Christ and us. Unfortunately, it is not usually so, because very often we despise the commandments of God.
Today’s scriptural reference brings to our knowledge the sinful attitude of King David for which God sent Prophet Nathan to express God’s displeasure over his actions. In Verses 7-8, the Lord God of Israel says, “I made you king of Israel and rescued you from Saul. I gave you his kingdom and his wives; I made you king over Israel and Judah. If this had not been enough, I would have given you twice as much. Why then have you disobeyed my commandments?” David, like some believers today find pleasure in the sin of adultery, cold blood murder, and consequent cover-up. Some believers today, with impurity deny their relations, friends and business colleagues their rights. It is commonplace for believers, both men and women to keep their matrimonial bed soiled by having unholy relationships with the opposite sex. Corruption, which has become the bane of most world economies are perpetuated mainly by those who belong to the family of God.
Beloved in Christ, the Lord laments. He says to you, “What is it that I have not provided for you? In fact, if you asked for more I would have obliged you also.” Like David, we despise the Lord daily by our disobedient actions. Hear this, to ‘despise’ means to treat contemptuously, to scorn, to make of little account the person of our God. Thus we say in our hearts that God is of little account to us. By this action, we conclude that He (God) is unworthy of our love and devotion. Even in the church today, Ministers of God who commit adultery treat the gospel they preach and the Blood of Jesus Christ contemptuously, reckoning them as petty and unworthy of reverence. Such a minister has disqualified himself from the sacredness of his office as an overseer of God’s people. In Verse 10 of our reference today, the Lord told David that sword shall never depart from his house because he despised God by killing Uriah in order to take his wife for himself. Just as God pronounced judgement on David, so he pronounces judgement on us when we despise him and arrogantly refuse to repent. The Scripture says, “ But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right; he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.”(1 John 1:9). Even though David despised God so much, yet he forgave him when he repented. So beloved, what is your state today? Remember that He says to you “Come now lets’ settle the matter….” (Isaiah 1:18-20). What a loving God we serve!
- Take some good time to worship Him today.
- Recall NOW all the area of your life where God has been despised. Sincerely repent of them.
- Take the prayer of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.
- Take seriously and meticulously Psalm 51: 1-19.
- Take the prayer of Self Surrender to God (meticulously).
- Pray seriously for Ministers of God who are involved in adultery, fornication, Gay practices, etc that God may forgive and help them to stand firm for Christ. (Take seriously and passionately)
- Pray for your spouse, friends, relations and neighbour that God may strengthen all to be able to avoid sin.
Exercise: Share this reflection in your place of work today.
Memory Verse: Isa. 1:18-20