Prayer for the day
Come, we will go up to YHWH’s mountain, to the Temple of the God of Jacob so that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in his paths.
Scripture for the day
Two stories, side by side. One tells the story of a good man who does some terrible things, and another, about a man who’s pretty terrible to start with, and to whom bad things happen, only to have them turn around.
In both stories, however, we see sin of a particular sort. In the story of David and Bathsheba, the king, David, sees a beautiful woman bathing on her roof. He summons her and sleeps with her, and she conceives. Bathsheba is a married woman, and David compounds his sin by ordering her husband to be left alone in battle so that he dies.
In the second story (the one Jesus tells), a younger son demands his half of the estate of his father before his father dies. He runs from home and squanders all of his wealth, only to return home chastened and penniless.
The two men in these stories sinned. David and the young man sinned in exactly the same way. They both had what they needed. In fact, from the sounds of the stories, both had more than they needed. And each decided that what he had was not enough. What was offered, what was already owned, was not enough. And both men sought more.
David sought another woman, though he had many wives. The young man sought all of his wealth, though he was obviously provided for by living in his father’s house.
And both men discovered that what they wanted did not bring them the happiness they thought it would. Both discovered that while the grass on the other side may look greener, that green may be weed-killer.
May we heed the warning of David and of the young man: God is the giver of good things. A lust for more is a deadly thing.