Twenty-Fifth Day of Lent

Scripture: 2 Samuel 12:1-15

King David saw Bathsheba bathing, and then took her for his own. When he couldn’t cover up the story with lies, he had Bathsheba's husband, Uriah, killed on the front lines of battle. The sins of David pile up quickly and we can look at this horrible story and ask, “how is this even possible?” Hear me on this: if David, a man after God’s own heart, the greatest king in Israel’s history is not too “great” to fall into sin, than neither are we.

Today’s scripture is not about David’s fall, but about God’s grace and discipline. Confronted by God through the prophet Nathan, David is questioned, “And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes?” (v 8-9).

David responds by sincerely turning from sin toward God. But the discipline still comes and is deeply painful. First, the child born to Bathsheba dies. Then, Absalom, David’s son, sleeps with David’s concubines in broad daylight (2 Sam 16:22) and also leads a revolt (2 Sam 18) against the King!

Like David we are too weak to turn from sin on our own. Only after Nathan confronted David did he confess, admitting his sin and showing his repentant heart. To think we are strong enough to defeat sin on our own is foolish. It is Christ who has defeated sin and we need Christian friends who will lead us to the cross to lay our sin down. How often do we sin in secret, confess in secret and then fall into the same sinful habits?

Who is your Nathan, who will confront you when they see your sin? Who can you confess to? Who will lead you to the cross and journey with you in repentance? We all need a Nathan -  who is yours?

Jon Drebert
Faith Covenant Church
Breton, AB