I was reading in 1 Kings 15 today, and it is talking about the different kings of Judah and Israel. One of the kings, Asa, follows God, and the writer compares him to his great great grandfather David. So, a couple of hundred years after David has died, he is still seen as the standard. Here is what the verse says about David:
“5 For David had done what was right in the eyes of the LORD and had not failed to keep any of the LORD’s commands all the days of his life–except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.” 1 Kings 15:5 (NIV)
David has an * on his record. He kept all of the commands of God, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite. That was Bathsheba’s husband, the woman he had an affair with. Uriah was the general in his army whom he had murdered.
So many times today, we have athletes with great records, but there is an * on their sheet, either for cheating, steroid use, or whatever else.
It’s the power of the *.
I really don’t want to have a record that is 99% great, but then have an * after it. “Jason did very well, and served God faithfully for decades, except for *”. God is working on my to understand that the little habits, the small sins that I coddle, the things that no one sees today, those are the things that lead up to the *.
What is yours? Is there one? Are you forming habits, and babying sins because they are “small”, that are going to lead to an * on your life one day? Be ruthless. Go after it all. Because of God’s generous grace and forgiveness, we always have a second chance. I want my life to leave behind a !, not an *.
What about you?