|W||2 Samuel 12:13 New International Version (NIV)
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.
|O||King David confessed his sins after being confronted by the prophet Nathan for having an affair with Bathsheba. Yup, King David saw something he wanted and he went after it, or should I say her. Even after learning that she was a married woman David still had to have her (2 Samuel 11:3-4)! David not only slept with her, but he got Bathsheba pregnant! And the drama didn’t stop there, David tried to cover up his sin (2 Samuel 11:6-13) and ultimately ends up having Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband killed (2 Samuel 11:15-17). Scripture (2 Samuel 11:27) tells us that God was angry with David for all that had transpired: adultery, betrayal, abuse of power, and murder. But God, being who He is—a God of grace and mercy—forgave David. What is important to note is, David recognized that he had sinned, repented, and God forgave him. However, there was a price that David and Bathsheba had to pay for what they had done (2 Samuel 12:14-23).|
|R||I could discuss the adultery, betrayal, and murder in this story in further detail. However, I want to look at the story of David and Bathsheba from another angle. How often do we know the right thing to do and decide not to do it—even when we know that the decision has the potential to harm us or even kill us? This story reminds me of the many times I blatantly disobeyed God. I am reminded of my earlier years when I used to gamble with my salvation. I recall being in church each and every Sunday hearing the Word of God go forth, receiving the Word, yet when it was time to live it, I chose to do my own thing. I remember drinking, smoking, partying, hanging, ripping and running the streets…doing whatever I wanted to do. Sometimes leaving the club at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and being in church four hours later! Singing and praising the Lord sitting next to the saints smelling like vodka and rum!
I wonder where I would be today if God did not keep His hands on my life? I wonder where I would be today if there weren’t people praying for me…petitioning the Lord to save me? I wonder where I would be if I got comfortable living the way that I had been living?
You know…that lukewarm Christian lifestyle.
I thank God for doing the work in my heart. The work that led me to true repentance. I got to a place where I asked God to take those desires from me and He did. I asked Him to forgive me and He did. I had to go so far as to plead with God to help me because to be honest, I didn’t have the strength to let go. I wanted to hold onto those things that were not of Him. My flesh loved it.
But I knew deep down inside that the way I was living was wrong! I got to a point in my life where I didn’t have a desire to live that way anymore, not because of any legalistic rules, but because I loved God and I wanted to please him. I still face temptations daily. But, by the help of the Lord, I am learning how to resist the temptations. I also know there are consequences for choosing to live my life outside of the will of God. And, as in David’s story, it is a high price to pay.
It is my heart’s desire to stay the course. To keep walking with the Lord. Not only to be a hearer of the Word, but a doer. Ultimately, we will be held accountable for the choices that we make. Especially when we KNOW the TRUTH! My prayer is: when we fall short we turn back to God and not continue in sin.
Thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for keeping us even in our disobedience. May we grow in our knowledge and understanding of you. May you do the work in our hearts by taking away the desires to live outside of your will. We ask that your love and kindness leads us to repentance.
In Jesus’ name,