Everyone sins; everyone falls short (Romans 3:23). That’s the bad news. But the good news is that Christ Jesus has built a bridge over the gap that was created by sin. God is holy and He can’t stand sin—sin is anything against God. So as we sin, we are moving ourselves away from God. The blood of Christ was poured out for each one of us to have a way to be righteous (right with God). Only if we believe in Him are we saved from the sin punishment. Even so, we must continue to repent for our sins and recognize our constant need for Jesus Christ.
When David sinned, he recognized that he sinned against God. When Nathan opened his eyes to this sinful act of adultery and murder, David repented. He changed his mind. He said, “I have sinned against the LORD.” He understood that truth and he recognized his need for forgiveness. Nathan revealed to him that God put away the sin.
God has also put away your sin if you believe in His Son. When you believe in Jesus, there is no longer the sin punishment of death. Instead, you are forgiven. You are redeemed. You are justified. Even so, it is important to repent whenever you are convicted of sin. Give it to God immediately. Recognize your need for His forgiveness. Understand He is the only way. Don’t let anything become a stumbling block in your relationship with your Heavenly Father.
“David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.’” – 2 Samuel 12:13 [ESV]
I decided to reward myself with a cool dessert and pulled open the freezer to retrieve the ice cream. I chose the Peanut Butter Swirl kind and started to enjoy one of my favorite ice creams, though it was not a brand I typically eat. After a few bites, my lips started to feel strange. Before I finished my dessert, I realized my lips were swollen. The kids had a good laugh as I had difficulty speaking.
The swelling of my lips was clear evidence of something wrong, likely a nut allergy. Only a few seconds after having the peanut butter touch my lips it was noticeable. That is not always the case with sin though. You might not see the consequences of a sin right away. While you are in the middle of a sin, you might feel good. You might feel great. But whether it is quickly thereafter, or if it is awhile later, there will be consequences. Whether you notice them or not is another story.
When David had eyes for Bathsheba, he knowingly committed adultery. He then scrambled around to find a way to cover up what he did. The truth is you cannot bury a sin so deep that it is never seen. God sees all and the truth eventually comes out. In this case David tried to cover a sin with another sin. He later faced the heartbreak of losing a child because of his actions. Today remember that you might not see consequences for your shortcomings, but there will be consequences. Sometimes they are not faced by you alone but by those around you. Repent. Accept God’s forgiveness. Change your mind and step by step you will change your ways.
“Then David confessed to Nathan, ‘I’ve sinned against GOD.’ Nathan pronounced, ‘Yes, but that’s not the last word. GOD forgives your sin. You won’t die for it. But because of your blasphemous behavior, the son born to you will die.’” – 2 Samuel 12:13-14 [MSG]
There are times when we do things that we do not think effect other people but we never can foresee how far of a ripple effect our actions can have on those around us. For David, he committed an act of adultery. One would likely say that would only effect him and the couple involved, but that wasn’t true. There are often times when we do something and others are hurt by our sins. Others are affected no matter our intentions.
In this case, Bathsheba became pregnant so David attempted to get Uriah to spend time with his wife to cover up the sin. Uriah pledged his allegiance to the Israelites and the king and slept on the steps. David even tried to use alcohol to get Uriah to spend the night with his wife, but that didn’t work. Finally, David had Joab send Uriah out to the front line and he said to pull back the men so that Uriah would surely meet his death. When the men pulled back, not only did Uriah die. There were “several other Israelite soldiers” who paid the price as well.
Never think that your sin only involves you. There is a ripple effect that you can never see coming. Sin is a nasty weed that can spread and dig itself into many areas of your life and touch many others you never intended it to reach. What a viscous web of destruction we build as we focus our eyes on evil. Today let us focus on Him and as Paul wrote, what is good and pure and beneficial.
‘And when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight, Uriah the Hittite was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers.” – 2 Samuel 11:17 [NLT]