David is described as one of the greatest kings that ever lived. David can also be described as a giant killer, poet, shepherd, king and musician, as well as an adulterer, murderer, betrayer and liar. David fought many battles and God gave him many victories. David also made many mistakes in his life. David brought a lustful curse on his house when he slept with Bathsheba and had her husband, Uriah killed. David also did not deal with the sins of his children (2 Samuel 13:21). But David knew how to repent and ask God for his forgiveness. David wasn’t ashamed or afraid to dance, praise and worship God. Acts 13:22 describes David as a man after God’s own heart. Wouldn’t you love to have someone describe you that way?
It is always necessary to be very careful from whom you take advice. Taking advice from ungodly people can be disastrous (Psalm 1:1). Absalom (David’s son) took bad advice and as a result made many poor choices during his lifetime that eventually led to his death. In 2 Samuel 13:28-29 Absalom killed his brother, Amnon whom after taking bad advice from Jonadab raped his sister, Tamar. Absalom also tried to steal David’s throne from him. These bad decisions led to his death and destruction. Absalom grew up in the house with the greatest king and praiser that ever lived and still destroyed himself.
It is sometimes hard to discipline our children because we love them so much. We may think that discipline hurts them. Proverbs 13:24 says that if you don’t discipline your children you hate them. Children need discipline and boundaries, just as we do. Eli was a priest that did not discipline his sons. They disrespected God and His house. They stole the sacrifices that belonged to God. Eli knew about the horrible things they were doing but he did nothing. They brought a curse on the whole house of Eli and the generations to come. Eli teaches us that as leaders we must take decisive action rather than reacting to situations and we must discipline our children so that they learn right from wrong and respect the things of God.