After reading Bathsheba’s story and her interesting relationship with King David, I wonder… did she have any say in her part of the secret affair? After the king noticed her and called for her to be brought to him, could she have declined? I’m afraid she lived in a culture where the king’s subjects were expected to obey, whatever the cost.
So, David “sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her. She returned to her house. The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, ‘I am pregnant.’ ” 2 Samuel 11:4-5
Again I wonder. Did Bathsheba anxiously wait over the next few weeks wondering if she might be pregnant? Did she hope to be pregnant? Imagine how her status would be elevated if she were to conceive a prince! Did she wait in fear wondering how she would break the news to her husband?
We aren’t given many details. We know she told the king. Now the problem was his. How he dealt with his consequences is another story that can be found in 2 Samuel 11:6-24.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation, forced to wait with the circumstances totally out of your control? Bathsheba was a bystander in her personal plight. The next thing we hear about her is that her husband died and she mourned for him. She had to have known what had happened. The king covered up his sin by plotting the death of her husband. She was forced to wait through the early stages of her pregnancy and watch her selfish king manipulate circumstances to his benefit.
While we may never find ourselves in such a vicious and evil triangle I feel certain many of us have been forced into situations over which we had no control. The only thing we could do was watch and wait and hope for the best.
In Bathsheba’s case the best would be a long time coming. Her son only lived seven days.
When taken to God’s Wait Room how do we handle the heavy weights when everything is stacked against us?
These are the times we learn to trust in God. Some things that happen to us cannot be explained. I don’t know the answer.
I think of the three women who lived hidden in a house of horrors in Cleveland. I think of a little girl grabbed from her bus stop and forced to live in squalor in an evil man’s back yard where she gave birth to two babies during a time when she was but an innocent child. I remember Elizabeth Smart, taken from the safety of her room in the middle of the night.
I don’t understand and I don’t know how these precious girls survived. But they waited and they hoped and they were set free. Today they tell their story with dignity.
This is what I do know: “God has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come… To all who mourn he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.” Isaiah 61:3
God is able to take a crisis, a tragedy, a loss, and even a horrible incident and turn it into something of beauty.
To each of us who waits in the midst of tragic circumstances I say with complete hope, Jesus came to set us free. We wait with hope, knowing that sorrow only lasts for a short time and new mercies will come. They will come at God’s appointed time. They will come because our God is a God who loves us and will free us from our bondage.
As you wait, memorize Psalm 40:1-3. Turn it into a prayer believing and trusting God that he will bring you through your wait.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”