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Perception In The Kingdom

Does your perception align with the truths of God's Kingdom?

“And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord…” (2 Sam. 11:27).

Our perception of life within the world determines our truth. It is difficult to determine what is true and what is not. Why? We have shifted from what is absolute to what is relative. If I do not agree with what you are saying, then I have the right to ‘alter’ truth based upon my own perception of things. As a result, my actions will adjust and align with my new truth (Prov. 23:7).

This what we see take place in today’s text. However, we will soon realize that there is only one truth which will always remain whether we choose to accept it or not. God’s ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts (Isa. 55:8). But yet, they are the standard by which we must live everyday life in the Kingdom.

Understanding The Text

In today’s text, we observe that the news of Uriah’s death reaches his wife (v. 26). Despite her role in this conspiracy, she mourns the loss of her husband. We are never told whether she was a willing participant in the relationship or if she complied only at the command of her king. The author of the narrative never discloses this to us. Our perception of her character does not ever take center stage because the narrative focuses upon David as the main character.

The things we perceive and believe to be true are not always what are actually the truth.

Are we right in our understanding? If we are singularly focused upon David’s actions, then it appears that we are on the right path. Why? Because the text states at the end of the narrative, “But the thing that David had done was evil in the eyes of the Lord…” (v. 27). For this reason, our perception of David’s actions align with the way God sees things.

It is interesting to note that in verse 25, David’s message to Joab was the opposite of what is reported about God’s feelings concerning the matter. David tells Joab, “Let not this thing be evil in your eyes…” (v. 25). It is a telling statement about how far David’s perception of what is morally acceptable has shifted away from what aligns with God’s command.

David never considers that his actions are causing him to commit one violation after another of God’s commands. It seems as though he attempts to justify his actions in verse 25. However, he forgets that he is not morally autonomous. He cannot change the truth about his actions by simply taking someone’s life. He is still the human agent through whom God intended to execute His Divine will within the world. In other words, He is still accountable to a Higher Power for his actions.

Why Is This Important To Us?

This is important to us because we must realize that we cannot change the truth. It is true that we are all human agents with free will. Therefore, God allows us to make our own decisions about our lives. Because we have free will, we do not have to accept God’s version of the truth. In so doing, our perception of the truth will not align with what He says is the truth.

However, just because we choose to not agree with God’s truth, it does not mean that God’s truth is no longer true. It just means that we have chosen another path. Unfortunately, when we choose to take another route, the journey always ends in a bad situation (Prov. 14:12). Why?

Because the Word of God is forever settled in the heavens (Ps. 119:89). God alone is the Righteous Judge. He alone is the One Who establishes what is true. Once He establishes what is the truth, it is forever settled whether we choose to believe it or not.

Conclusion

What we can take away from this narrative is that we should base our perception (as believers) on what God determines to be true. When we begin to insert our own opinions into matters, we will find ourselves in a situation similar to David. We must never forget that we, too, are accountable to a Higher Power Who will judge our actions by His standards (Prov. 16:2). This really is a very sobering truth.

Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”

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