Saturday, November 10, 2012

Petraeus: How the Mighty Fall

My comment on this sad, sordid matter is going to be limited to the spiritual. Enough news articles and political flak are out there to be had for the getting.

The resignation and affair of General David Petraeus as CIA Director over an extra-marital affair is a tragedy for the general as well as for his wife, and also for writer Paula Broadwell—the woman with whom Petraeus apparently was involved—the writer of his biography. Scripture says "be sure your sin will find you out," and it does. Always. We all ought to shudder.

The observation I have is that no matter how high a man (or woman) is in society, authority or popularity, he is still fallen and in need of the Savior. We all have clay feet. No exceptions.

King David found that out after he had a fling with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah (whom the king had killed by putting him in a vulnerable, unprotected position in battle). David didn't get by with it. The Lord sent Nathan the Prophet to pay the king a visit.

Unlike many today, King David was sorrowful and broken over his sin. And in repentance, he penned Psalm 51. Ponder it and prayerfully read it. It needs to be the attitude we all carry. All the time:

Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me.

Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.

Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise. For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. 

By Your favor do good to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices, In burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.

1 comment:

dora said...

I guess his new name could be General Betray-Us.

But, I don't think it will catch on.

Still, He needs God's salvation.