Welcome back to Week seven of online bible study as we continue our study of David: Seeking a Heart like His by Beth Moore. We are now 70% finished with this study and growing in wisdom. The small groups have been powerful testimonies of your personal growth..wow! Thank you to the many women who participate with their personal testimonies…you are helping other women on their own faith journey. What a blessing to see the love shared in community!
In the wrong place at the wrong time. Have you ever had this experience? I have and I wished that I could have a do-over. This week, we find David in a similar situation. It is springtime and as King, David should have been at war leading his army, but instead we find him at his mansion, with “idle” time on his hands. David is no doubt feeling lonely, or bored. During this time, David’s lack of self-control coupled with being in the wrong place at the wrong time, ultimately leads him to the sins of adultery and murder.
2 Samuel 11:1-5 illustrates for us that David sinned in thought, word and deed. We know the story, and we can identify with it. David saw the woman bathing, and thought she was beautiful, the seed of sin begins. The sin progresses with David sinning in word, and finally in deed. Sin progresses the same with us. Take for example gossip, just a small thought of wrong against someone else leads to us speaking ill words about them and then this manifests into actions that are displeasing to God. It all begins with one single thought in our minds and so we must keep our minds focused on God and His word always. Beth Moore shares with us on page 152, precautions to help keep us from making this same mistake.
David’s sin resulted in a great consequence, the death of his son. This caused David great pain and suffering. But in this pain, is when David realized that in order to be restored, he needed to turn away from sin and depend fully on God. When we go to God and repent of our sins and give ourselves to Him completely and rely on His strength and not ours, we will be able to withstand the toughest situations, even though brought on by our disobedience.
Our lesson for the week closes with Beth Moore sharing two of her most cherished verses, Micah 7:18-19, “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”
I encourage you to offer thanks to God this week for His grace and mercy in restoring us when we needed it the most.
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Assignment For The Week
- Read Week Eight: David, Seeking a Heart Like His in your workbook
- If you are listening to the audio CD’s or watching the videos, watch Session Nine, available through Lifeway.com (not required for participation in the study). To download the videos- CLICK HERE
- To join a Facebook small group- CLICK HERE
Discussion Questions For the Week:
- From page 150 – Have you recently had to say no to yourself for something you really wanted but knew you shouldn’t have? How difficult is it for you to say no?
- We learned in this week’s lesson that the progression of sin begins with a wrong thought, how can we keep our thoughts focused on God? What can we do to refocus when our thoughts go astray?
- From page 162 – In your relationship with God, do you feel freedom to bring the desires of your heart to Him in prayer? How do you usually respond if He does not give you the desire of your heart?
- From page 164 – What holds us back from accepting God’s complete forgiveness?