Dare 2B Daring - June 20, 2018
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“Smiley’s King is at once more flawed and more human than we have come to see him. But for that reason he is even more courageous, and more admirable.” – New York Times Book Review of “Death of a King” by Tavis Smiley
When I get to heaven, there are a number of people I want to say “hi” to ASAP… after I spend the first 10,000 years or so laying prostrate before Jesus and praising Him with every fiber of my being. First and foremost on that list are my dad and my granddad. I miss them both, especially my dad, terribly.
I’d also like to introduce myself to William Henry Harrison Glading and Henry Clay Glading. They are, respectively, my paternal great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. I’m also looking forward to getting reacquainted with my best friend from childhood, John Miller, who I had the privilege of leading to faith in Christ shortly before his death. And I want to see – and hug – two of my spiritual mentors, Larry Lufburrow and Ken Campbell, who have gone on to glory before me.
But once I make the rounds of my immediate friends and family, I desperately want to meet some of my biblical heroes. Caleb and Nehemiah are near the top of that list, but there is one Old Testament saint who I simply can’t wait to encounter.
David. The shepherd boy. The king. The mighty warrior. And yes, the liar, the lousy dad, the adulterer, and the murderer.
I am so grateful that when God recorded the life of David in I and 2 Samuel, I Kings, and I Chronicles, He did not omit David’s many failings. There they are, for everyone to see, right next to his great accomplishments.
Just like Tavis Smiley’s riveting – and extremely honest – account of the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, these four Old Testament books spare few of the sordid details. Which begs the question, why did God do that? Why not include the highlights of David’s life and redact the lowlights?
The answer is simple: so that we could see first-hand how God can use an imperfect man for His glory.
“And when He had removed him [King Saul], He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’” Acts 13:22 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President