Be The Man God Is Looking For

Devotional

DAY ONE – Authentic Manhood


Authentic manhood is about the heart—God’s heart. A man can know God’s heart.


David was a warrior-king who knew incredible victories as well as heartbreaking defeats. He knew God in the wilderness when shepherding sheep with vicious predators stalking them and when he slew the giant warrior-champion Goliath. He knew God when hiding out in the caves of Adullam and when reigning in the palace. He experienced euphoric spiritual highs, yet he fell to the lowest, deepest pits of sin, despair, and self-loathing. He had loyal kids who adored him and kids who wanted him dead.


As a warrior-king he was responsible for much bloodshed (1 Chron. 22:8). David also fell into adultery with Bathsheba. Then, after discovering she was pregnant, he arranged for her husband, Uriah, to be put into a vulnerable battle position, which led to Uriah’s death (2 Sam. 11:14-15). Against God’s law, David had multiple wives (Deut. 17:17). In addition, David disobediently numbered his military after God specifically told him not to. The result was seventy thousand of his people perishing in a plague (2 Sam. 24:15).


All of the above is true, yet three consistent themes ran throughout David’s life. Three things never changed. David was fully man with feet of clay that were marred and cracked.


David loved God.


David knew God.