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2 Samuel 11:1-27, 2 Samuel 12:1-25, Psalm 51:1-19
As believers, it’s usually sins committed by those who know better that shock us the most. When we have walked with God for a long time, through the highs and lows of life- when we have tasted and seen that the Lord is indeed good- and yet we still choose sin, our fall seems twice as far and three times as hard.
Out of all the giants of the faith, the people who would seem most immune to sin, you would think that King David would be the the least likely to be tempted of all. The boy-turned-king who watched a giant fall, who’s life was miraculously spared, and whose kingdom was handed to him. The man who was chosen for his loyalty to God and whose words of devotion fill pages and pages of scripture… surely he could resist sin. But even great faith doesn’t protect us from temptation.
In 2 Samuel 11, we find David at home while his army has just gone out to battle. Verse 1 tells us that it was spring, “at the time when kings go out to battle” (NASB). So why exactly did David stay back? Maybe he felt his kingdom was secure enough for his right-hand military man, Joab, to handle it. Maybe he suffered from vocational boredom or spiritual apathy. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that this is where the slippery slope of temptation began and where the downward spiral into trespass started.
As we continue to read of these events that unfolded during David’s staycation, we see that his sin left a wake of consequences that affected not only him, but Uriah, Bathsheba, an innocent baby boy, and an entire nation. David messed up big time. But what’s most beautiful about David’s story is not in the weight of his failure, but in his restoration.
See, God confronted David (through Nathan in 2 Samuel 12:1-15) and offered forgiveness to this man who undoubtedly knew better. Rather than choosing ruin and continuing to try and cover up his sin with more bad decisions, we see in Psalm 51 that David knew restoration meant standing guilty before a holy God, accepting the consequences of his actions, and asking for forgiveness. David chose to get up, to clean up, and to move forward.
We’re no better or worse than David. We make bad decisions. We sin. Then we’re tempted to cover it all up. And just like David, we know better. The best news, though, is that God never refuses to forgive. One sin, even a whole season of bad decisions, doesn’t have to define our lives. David’s life was marked by faith and obedience, not just in spite of his sin and poor decisions, but because of how he repented and walked through them. God’s grace weaves through lives that seem beyond redemption: through David’s story, your story, and mine. But friends, we can rest assured that He is bigger than our greatest failures and His grace is more abundant than our temptation.