It put a strain on the rest of our family and a huge stress on our marriage.
Reference: “Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”” 2 Samuel 11:11 NIV
Explore: Sometimes doing the right thing leads to a difficult path.
For three years we had two foster boys in our family. I say “in our family” because they weren’t just a part of our home, but became a part of our whole lives.
For three years we did our very best to love and care for them. But it was incredibly tough.
Both boys had challenging behaviours and we felt out of our depth. It put a strain on the rest of our family and a huge stress on our marriage.
It broke my heart to make the decision for our boys to move to another home. It seemed so unfair that we had thought we were doing the right thing by bringing them into our family, and yet, it just ended up breaking our hearts.
It taught me that even though we may strive to do the right thing, with all the correct intentions, there are times when you still find yourself in a difficult place.
Application: The story of David and Bethsheeba is quite well known. It was one of David’s greatest failings and has been documented for the world to know!
But as I read through this story again I was reminded of how good Uriah – Bethsheeba’s husband – really was. He was loyal and respectful and had integrity even when he was away from his commander. Despite all that, he found himself in a terrible position.
This was not God’s plan or His delight. When we start out on the right path but find ourselves still in the wrong place, know that you were not wrong and God did not do a number on you.
We live in a fallen world and, at times, bad things happen. May it not deter us from persevering on what we believe to be the right path that God truly does delight in.
Prayer: Lord, we don’t always have the understanding of why things happen. No matter what life throws at us, thank You for always being there for us and not losing faith in us. Amen.
When has life served you up a challenging situation?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.