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Misuse of power
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020

2 Samuel 11:2”Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance.”

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Misuse of power: What I saw in this story was not only lust and adultery but the arrogant, overbearing and pompous attitude of David; this is totally from the enemy. The way he sends messengers to enquire about the woman and he brings her home through his ‘men’ despite knowing  the fact that she is the wife of Uriah, one of his own men.  Atrocious! Any kind of highhanded behavior, pride and smugness is from Lucifer.  Danger! Actually if you see deeply, this ‘sin of adultery’ happened in his life when he was in his great season of blessing, when people are full of blessings, talents, skills, and bank balance then their heart becomes puffed up and their heart now wanders……………..

Listen, if you have enemies hounding you , then David would have been elsewhere not in the balcony, gazing at a bathing woman are you listening? This guy at this point of life was full of warriors and lot of horses and chariots and great victory too(check out the previous chapter, then you would know).  Very rightly the Lord in the beginning warned how a king should be:

Deuteronomy 17: 16    "Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the LORD has said to you, 'You shall never again return that way.'

When you do not have the required talents and skill to compete with your colleagues then you would be studying hard , equipping yourself hard to keep up with them, rather than stand in the balcony…..

When you have a great voice, gifts, great oratory skills, talents (that actually comes from God) and all the ‘stuff’ that makes your head big, then you would not humble yourself to sit in the presence of God and cry for His presence……rather when you have million views then you wander to the balcony………..

David’s hubristic misuse of power and his office as a king, finally crossed a bridge too far, he covets another man’s wife, manipulates and gets Bathsheba’s husband Uriah killed, the aftermath of which came in the form of his own son Absalom who tortured David, so don’t ever think  you get away with all your bad behavior, much more is expected of you, when you are in the seat of ‘LEADERSHIP’.  Caveat! 

Husbands do not treat your wife with upper hand, love each other, teacher, Supervisor….whatever leadership position it may be, do not misuse it!

POWER IS LIKE ALCOHOL THAT INTOXICATES PEOPLE!  Careful!

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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