ABC Bible Character Faith Series

Beauty Revealed in Character

Lessons from David by Hannah M.

As we are currently living in a world tainted with sin, the Christian journey is not going to be a smooth ride. Christians tend to face various challenges and one of the biggest is the battle with sin. Often when a Christian falls into sin, he or she despairs and turns away from God thus feeling distant from Him. Unfortunately, some people after experiencing this shut out God and give a deaf ear to the smooth soft voice of the Holy Spirit that tenderly calls them to come back to Christ.

We are going to look at a story of a man of God who had been walking in the Lord’s precepts but later fell into sin yet afterwards he did not remain in the miry clay of his sin but came back to God when God sought him. This man is David.

David was Jesse’s son and he was a shepherd. One time as David was taking care of his father’s sheep, God called David to serve Him. God told Samuel the prophet to go to Jesse’s home to anoint Israel’s next king. Jesse assembled his sons but David was left out as he was taking care of the sheep. Samuel thought the one chosen would be Eliab the eldest son as he bore a princely look. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” – 1 Samuel 16:7.

Here we learn an important lesson not to judge according to the externals but to understand that the true beauty of a person is revealed in the character. God chose David, a small young lad, who spent his time in the fields looking after his father’s flock and who was of a noble character.

After being anointed, David did not immediately go to the throne but continued to live his life as a shepherd. While there, he beheld God’s creation and the character of God was being revealed to him. David composed many of the Psalms while on the hills of the fields. Words found in the Psalms that we now read in the Bible have kindled peoples’ faith thus bringing people nearer to God.

As a young man trusting God, David attained various victories including the commonly known one, when he defeated Goliath. “And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth” – 1 Samuel 17:49.

Sadly, during David’s reign as king, he fell prey to the spirit of self-exaltation and began to trust in His wisdom and power. He fell for the devil’s temptation and committed adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. David went further ahead and had Uriah killed while on the battlefield. And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.”- 2 Samuel 11:15. David went deeper and deeper in sin.

But glory be to God for His love for us, God intervened and did not leave David to be lured into utter ruin by sin. God gave a message of reproof to Nathan the prophet to bear it to King David. From there, David’s conscience was aroused and the sin that he had committed appeared in its enormity. “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.” – 2 Samuel 12:13

David repented sincerely, he saw the defilement of his soul. It was not only for pardon that David prayed for but for also the purity of heart. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51: 10. Though David had fallen, God lifted Him up. “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD, and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.”  – Psalm 32:5. This teaches an important lesson that when we fall, we should not stay down but we ought to reach out to Christ’s stretched hand as He longs to lift us up and restore His image in us.

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Joshua Kats

December 23, 2022

Amen. We too have assurance that no matter how low we have gone, we can be reinstated if only we choose to come to God in repentance as David did.

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Lauretta

December 23, 2022

Well said!!!

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Victor

December 24, 2022

Indeed, we shouldn’t judge basing on the externals. True beauty is only revealed in characters. Thanks guys

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Lauretta

December 24, 2022

Period!!! Thanks Victor!

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