2 Samuel 12:3 “but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up, living with him and his children. It shared his meager food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him.”
I recently watched a video in which the hidden camera taped an actor who appealed to various people for some act of compassion. He was ignored, snubbed and rejected time and time again. In the end, the compassion for which the man sought was finally delivered by the most unlikely; a homeless guy.
Are poverty and character related at all?
The fact that poverty and crime seem statistically connected may be more a matter that tax evasion, illegal hiring practices, corporate collusion and insider trading are simply not caught or reported as much among the unethical-rich.
We all have a choice.
Regardless of wealth, the decision to sin is to some extent fueled by the likelihood of evading detection. Many would define integrity “doing what is right when no one is looking” or “doing what is right when one can evade detection by authority.” Yet, the decision to sin under those circumstances (when no one is looking) is not without worldly risk. You might be found out.
But consider this situation: What if the “authority” said very plainly, “I’ll overlook it?” (This corruption is surely not uncommon between law enforcement and business.) How the worldly risk of sin is lessened when the authority has promised to ignore it! What character is required to still yet resist that temptation?!
But consider even this one greater challenge to character. What if the authority actually bid you to do it? What if the king told you to go and do that which you knew you were not to do but longed to do? Who could resist?
Uriah was literally encouraged (if not commanded) by the king to go home for the night, to relax and to be with his wife even though he knew he was to remain consecrated for battle. Put yourself there. What would you do?
2 Samuel 11:9 says “But Uriah slept at the door of the palace with all his master’s servants; he did not go down to his house.”
We all have a choice. David did. And so did Uriah. Uriah’s lack of power, prestige, influence and fame had no effect on his character. Never would such a poor, meager, unknown and unrecognized man ever think to be recorded in the most published book in the world. But his decision that day set an example for us all, an example of character with remarkable fortitude.
May it also be of you and me.