I recently read a blog post one of my childhood friends posted on Pinterest, posing a lot of questions you can ask when you go on a date with your spouse to spark conversation. Because let’s face it…after you’re married and you’re together all week, sometimes you resort to talking about the same stuff you talk about at home, and does that really feel like a “date”? No. So one of the questions went something like “If you could talk to anyone from Bible times who would it be?(Besides Jesus)”
We didn’t go on a date, but I was curious so over breakfast I had to ask.
Both me and my husband found we have the same answer. King David. My husband’s reasoning was because he feels David had a huge purpose in his life from the time of his youth, and owned it because he walked as a God among men. He fully relied on God to back him up to do everything he felt called to do, and he trained hard. So as a man, he has utmost respect for David-the Bible’s “Alpha Male”.
My reasoning, as a woman of course, is similar but different and had my husband questioning my sanity but it’s all true…sane or not!! While most little girls I knew in elementary school idolized pop stars and Disney princes’ (I’ll be honest-Aladdin the street urchin got my vote over many of those dumb princes. He had a monkey, a lot of nerve and a flying carpet. Any other Disney prince just pales in comparison-I’ll take the street urchin.), I spent many nights dreaming about what King David must’ve been like to be near in person. After much adult study, I know why my young self felt that way!
David was an unusually passionate young man. Ruddy. Bright eyed, the “apple of God’s eye”. I imagined him gentle and delicate with those he needed to care for (like the sheep he protected at all costs), an amazing lover with whichever lucky woman he was with, and straight flipping warrior for anyone who got in his way. My man David in his teen years took down a lion and a bear threatening his sheep, then proceeded to kill a giant that an entire ARMY of grown fully trained men were too chicken to fight (BALLS OF STEEL Ladies)! He then took down tens of thousands of enemies in following years including Goliath’s brothers.
He wasn’t always fighting though. He was also artistic and musical (played the harp) was obviously poetic-God chose Him to pen the Psalm’s. He seemed to do everything with excellence no matter what he put his hands to! He walked in power. When I hit my hormonal teens, still dreamed of David. Even though he had more than one wife (and I personally would sooner have killed someone than shared him), I still felt he must’ve oozed sensuality. Women probably noticed David everywhere he went. I envisioned him half dancing or whistling around his palace, singing with that voice of an angel, winking at every maid he passed and knowing: a) that He was highly favored by God, b) that most men wanted to be like him, and c) most women probably wished they had his heart. Yet he still had some semblance of humility.
His passion was intense, and it did get him into trouble in his adult years. The whole Bathsheba incident didn’t go over lightly with anyone. I’m sure David felt the guilt and anguish the most about the way he handled the situation, because passion can bring you great pleasure, but passion can also bring you great pain. David lost the child that resulted out of that union, he never was allowed to build the Temple he’d made the blueprints for, and he may have never really found his one true love-which incidentally Bathsheba was not, but he kept moving forward, and so did God. Out from his marriage with Bathsheba came Solomon, and from this lineage of David…the Word made flesh was born to a young virgin many years later.
David was also a man who in his era knew things others did not. He gave us clues though to what he knew. Dropping little gems for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear. There is so much I’ve learned from David…I especially like the clue he dropped in Psalm 32. I believed here he was dreaming, wishing, he was born post the birth of Christ, because he knew what that would mean for mankind. The apostle Paul quoted him on it in Romans 4:6-8; “just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes RIGHTEOUSNESS APART FROM WORKS: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven. And whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall NOT IMPUTE SIN.”
David knew in our time post the resurrection, that sin was no longer an issue between God and man. He knew the LORD intimately, and he was well read in the Jewish faith. He lived in a time when only the High Priest could ask for forgiveness for the people. He knew our LORD was going to be the last High Priest and that His request would be granted for all of mankind. He envied us, because he knew we wouldn’t be under the law anymore. He envied us that we get to live in this time-frame.
I still find myself envying his company though. If I could hang out with anyone for a day from Bible times, there are many awesome options, but David is my first choice. I can’t help wonder, if more men today knew our God as intimately as David did…what would our world look like? What would they plan and carry out? What would David accomplish here in our day and age?!?!
I’ll end this blog asking you my friends, what is stopping us from living a life of passion and authority like David?
What is it that makes us set limits for ourselves when the blessings of God are limitless to you?
Why do we expect so little from God when we should come boldly to Him-like we want our own kids to come to us?
What previous train of thought entraps us into a life of mediocrity when we were destined for greatness?
Everyone’s answer is different and interesting, so If YOU could spend a day with anyone from Bible times…who would you choose and why? More importantly, what is holding you back today from living the life you were meant to live? Looking forward to hearing your responses!