Now it’s time for David to become king over all of Israel. All the tribes and elders came to David at Hebron, made a covenant before the Lord, and anointed David king over Israel. (2 Samuel 5:1-5).
King David goes to Jerusalem and fights against the Jebusites that were living there and captured the stronghold of Zion, the City of David. David became greater and greater because the Lord was with him (2 Samuel 5:6-12).
When the blessings began for David, they overflowed. The Philistines were driven out and the king of Tyre sought alliance with David.
David expanded the boundaries of Israel from 6,000 to 60,000 square miles. He set up trade routes and from those routs comes wealth that Israel had never known.
David also unified the nation under Jehovah God. He destroyed the idol altars.
To be involved in military battles and setting up governments, David’s time was consumes. However, behind the scenes, David is growing a huge family with no supervision for his children. All these children were together raising themselves.
It says later on that David built houses, so maybe some of the wives had their own house.
In addition, we will see later on that the children had no discipline, in chapter 18, where Absalom rebelled. He ends up deceiving David and pushes him from the throne and David runs like a wounded animal.
Another son, Amnon, rapes his half-sister, Tamar, David’s only daughter. This act leads to murder. According to scripture, David’s reaction was, “He became angry!” That was it. Out in public David was decisive and brilliant, but within his own home, he was passive and negligent.
Another son, by the same mother as Absalom, Adonijah, also tried to de-throne David. In 1 Kings 1:5, 6, it says, “Not once did David rebuke him.”
After a time David began to stay home from battles. He became indifferent and lazy. In the spring when other kings went out to battle, David stayed home. That is where Bathsheba comes into the picture. More on that later.
Are you beginning to see a pattern here after David is blessed with everything he could possibly desire?
David began to pat himself on the back – spirit of pride. When we come to chapter 23, David tells Joab to number the people. God didn’t tell David to see how large Israel had grown. That little incident cost 70,000 lives through God’s judgment.
Think about the great men of God we have seen fall into sin; it was from wealth, laziness (sloth), sex, or self. It’s all a spirit of pride. They get too important to themselves.
Even though David had a heart after God, he became susceptible to the same temptations we all do.
Here’s what happens: God places a desire, a dream, a ministry, on our hearts, to fulfill our destiny. We pray and stay humble; all the while believing it will come to pass. Then more time is consumed, pursuing that dream and you know its God’s will. So, when the money starts to increase we think, “This is it!” With a bigger position and more money, comes more responsibility. Before we know it, we don’t spend as much time praying as we did before we got what we asked for. Then like David if we’re neglecting our family and God, we get full of ourselves. We think we have arrived. What does Proverbs 16:18 say? Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Oh, the talent, the calling on your life, and the desire will still be there but if we get full of self, the very thing that we prayed for will destroy us.
David’s life teaches us some very important lessons.
Prosperity and ease are more often than not, perilous times. When our money starts to increase, we need to ask ourselves, “Do I still pray for God to bless me and others like I used to or am I only thinking about what I can buy for myself?”
Pride is not a sudden act. It is a process that culminates. Watch out that enough is never enough. Not wanting others to be prosperous is another warring sign. If you ever find yourself asking, can that person afford that, watch out. None of our business.
Yes, God will and does forgive us but if we’re not honest with ourselves before God and admit we’ve gotten off track, then we continue in that behavior. Change your thinking towards the ways of God and your behavior will change.