"Uriah replied to David, ‘The Ark is out there with the fighting men of
II Samuel 11: 11
The Message Bible
"A Man Named Uriah the Hittite" - A Loyal-Hearted Man - Part 3
"Loyalty is the holiest good in the human heart."
Loyalty: One who is faithful.
How would I define the word "loyalty" in my own life?
Who am I loyal or faithful to?
"The faithful person lives constantly with God."
"When faithfulness is most difficult it is most necessary."
I would have loved to be present as Uriah the Hittite stood before King David, and in a clear voice told this ruler that God was first in his life and that following the purposeful life laid out by his heavenly Father was more important than any allurement the king could dangle in front of him.
Wouldn't you have found it exhilarating to hear such a testimony, for Uriah was certainly a man who had his feet planted firmly on a strong foundation.
But Uriah didn't just stop by telling David that God was first in his life and that God had a purpose for him, Uriah went on to tell David that as long as Joab, the king's general, and all the king's servants and fighting men were in the field sleeping and fighting - this is where Uriah would be, too.
This type of loyalty or faithfulness, as the dictionary defines the word "loyal," is rarely witnessed. First of all, being loyal to the king would have been the easy thing for Uriah to do for the king held the power. David had, as we will find out, the power to even take the life of Uriah if he wanted to. So if Uriah wanted to score points with the king, that would be easy and some might say, a smart thing to do. But here's where we find a quality evident in Uriah's character that sets him apart, especially from the other individuals in this story. Uriah told David that as long as Joab and "the servants of my lord are camping in the field," his loyalty, his faithfulness, was with those who were on the battlefield. Author William Plumer put into such beautiful words the feelings that come into my heart when I read about the devotion of Uriah, not only to the king who held the power but to the king's servants, as well. He observed, "Consistency is a jewel," and I'll add to this that Uriah was, in my opinion, the rarest of jewels. A man who was faithful and loyal to his God, to the king, and to those fellow soldiers and servants who also lived lives of service.
If we remember, Uriah was identified as one of just a few "valiant soldiers." With this title, he could easily have let his position go to his head. He could have treated those "below" him in rank as "lesser," and many people do. But not Uriah. His life's purpose was not only to be faithful to his God, his heavenly King and to King David, the earthly ruler, but he showed the same kind of faithful, loyalty to those around him, no matter their rank or position.
What a wonderful example Uriah gives us of our heavenly Father's faithfulness to you and me. No matter what our status or lack of it; no matter where we were born or who we are related to; no matter the mistakes that dot our past, God loves us with the faithfulness of a father who sees the heavenly potential in each of His children. In the words of the Apostle Paul, "God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord." What a wonderful promise for us to stake our lives on.
In 1923, Thomas Obediah Chisholm wrote a poem that later became one of my favorite hymns, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
"Great is Thy Faithfulness, O God my Father,
there is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not;
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be."
Isn't it wonderful that a man like Uriah, who put his heavenly Father first and followed God's purpose in his life, also left us a legacy of faithfulness and loyalty. A heritage that has been passed down through history as an example of our heavenly Father's faithful love to each of us.
It is my prayer that we will embrace our birthright of faithfulness and loyalty and live each day as Uriah did.
I've shared this particular quote from Mother Theresa with you before, but I want to do so again today, for not only do her words reflect the way Uriah lived his life, but they also help me focus on the way I want to live my life, as well, for what she said is the essence of living faithfully each day. "God did not call us to be successful, but to be faithful."
"God requires no more than faithfulness in our place."
"You offer comfort in affliction.
Within the wasteland of my pilgrim heart
You stand radiant moving forward,
dust blown through the years
facing every onslaught
wiping every tear
defusing every deception
confronting pride -
idolatry of every king.
Seemingly lost amidst unbelief
and the pain and turmoil
of past years and recent grief,
yet here You stand
with You I emerge burnt
yet more vulnerable
Laughter, Silence and Shouting
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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