“and David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah…” – Matthew 1:6
No matter what happens in our life, good or bad, we can be confident that the list of Jesus’ ancestors in Matthew 1 is a testimony to God’s perfect and joyous design long before we were born and will continue long after we are gone.
When reading this passage, I was struck by the jarring image given in Matthew 1:6. Soloman was born from King David and the wife of another man. Bathsheba was married to Uriah, but King David decided that he wanted her for himself. He summoned her, and submitting under his authority, she had no choice but to obey and became a victim of his sin. She became pregnant and David became scared; eventually ordering Uriah to be killed when he couldn’t cover up his sin. David then married Bathsheba, but the baby died shortly after birth.
This could be the end of a very tragic story, but God, rich in mercy, because of His great love (Ephesians 2:4), used this to write a beautiful story. God made a promise to David. He said, “If your sons take care to walk faithfully before me with all their heart and all their soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel,” 1 Kings 2:4. David and Bathsheba went on to have 4 more children, one of whom they named Solomon. Solomon understood his assignment. Unlike any other ruler, he was filled with wisdom and God lavishly gave him everything he had not sought. He built a house for the Lord and reigned on the throne, paving the way for an even greater king to come, King Jesus.
Joy is not dependent on the circumstances but originates in God’s perfect love that He has lavished on us despite all circumstances. No matter the darkness, no matter the pain, the life you choose to live is a testimony to God’s continuous work and hope given to us in Christ Jesus.
Prayer: Jesus, you are our greatest joy. This joy is not dependent on circumstances but is secured through you. Though sorrows may last in the long, dark night, Your joy will come again in the morning. Thank you for your sacrificial love, Lord. You are all we need.
Author: Atlee McSpadden. Atlee serves as the Director of Fellowship Kids at Fellowship West. Some of her favorite things include hiking, reading, podcasts, tea, coffee.