ABC Bible Character Faith Series

Uriah! The Loyal Servant.

Lessons from Uriah, the Hittite.

Uriah was one of David’s mighty men and his story is found in 2 Samuel 11. Not much is mentioned about Uriah but from what is written, his character as a servant of the king is revealed and we can take some lessons as we are on our faith journey.

At the time of Uriah’s service, David was the king of the Israelites. During the springtime, Joab, the commander of the army and mighty men went out for battle however David remained behind. One evening as David walked around on the roof of the palace, he saw a beautiful woman, Bathsheba bathing whom she sent for and slept with her. Lo and behold, Bathsheba conceived and informed David. In trying to cover up his sin, David sent for Uriah, from battle, and sent him to his house. His intention was that Uriah would sleep with Bathsheba but Uriah didn’t reach his house, he stayed at the entrance of the palace.

David was told and he said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?” Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing. – 2 Samuel 11:10-11. David then invited him for food and made him drunk, but even then, he did not go to his house. In the end, David planned his murder. While at war Uriah was placed at the front line as per the king’s instructions and when the men of the city came out and fought against the Joab, Uriah died.

Whereas, it did not end well for Uriah, we see that he was a loyal and just man. Uriah could not imagine going to his house to go about his day and yet all the other servants whom he was to serve with were out camping. He was focused on the mission of the king and considered others before himself. He also was focused on seeing the enemies of Israel defeated that even when he was placed on the front line, he did not question it but served with his might.

As servants of the Most High King – God, how much more should we exhibit the above traits in our lives and service to Him? We need to pose and think as believers. Are we selfless or are we self-centred? Are we focused on the right mission whilst still living? And, are we loyal to God? Whereas David wasn’t loyal to Uriah, we can trust that God has the best intentions for us all and He is not willing that any should perish. We are also rest assured that in God, through Jesus Christ, we have eternal life. He gave Himself for you and I and I pray that God’s sacrifice will inspire love in your heart to serve Him till the very end.

Be blessed!

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Geraldine

July 14, 2023

Uriah’s loyalty is really an inspiration l pray God enables us to be so loyal to him no matter the challenges

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Lauretta

July 18, 2023

Amen! Thanks, Hun for your time.

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Michelle Chikonde

July 14, 2023

I love this ❤️🥰. May the Holy Spirit help us to be as loyal as Uriah.

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Lauretta

July 18, 2023

Amen! We need the Holy Spirit. Thanks, Michelle for your time.

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