Yesterday we discovered that hiding or launching a full-blown cover-up is not the best course of action when we’ve been caught, well then what is the right course of action? We can learn this from another fairly well-known story in the Bible.
We know David most from when he killed a giant and became famous and eventually king. David is referenced hundreds of years later as a man after God’s own heart. However, he was not without faults. He once slept with another man’s wife. And he may have gotten away with it except that she became pregnant. Well, sin never stays hidden for long. David’s initial instinct is actually wrong, he tries to cover it up before he gets caught. The end result here is that he commits murder by causing her husband to get killed in battle. Not good David, not good.
God sees all this goes down and knows that David is in real trouble so He sends a prophet to confront David and his sin. David’s response to the ugliness of his sin is simple, honest confession. “I have sinned.” He recognized how far he had gone and was broken. In a song he wrote, we see a sincere heart crying out to God for mercy and restoration. God heard David’s. prayer and forgave his sin.
Sometimes we have this image of God in heaven waiting for us to mess up so He can scowl at us angrily and tells us, “I knew you were a sinner. You deserve hell”. However, this is such a false view of who God is. He knows we are a sinner and deserve hell, except he is anxious to show us mercy rather than judgment. He longing for us to come to Him so that He can demonstrate His love for us still remains, even though we messed up big. He is a loving Father longing to embrace his child.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
- What challenges do you have in believing God can forgive your big mistakes?
- Do you have an image of an angry judgemental God in your head? Try and exchange that picture with that of a father that truly loves you without condition. What does that look like to you?
PRAY: Father, help me to see You the way You are and to know the unconditional way You love me.
*If you have time today, read all of 2 Samuel 11 & 12
2 Samuel 11:2-4 (NLT) Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. 3 He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her.
2 Samuel 12:13 (NLT) Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.
Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.
5 For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,
teaching me wisdom even there.
7 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
9 Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.