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. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.” (2 Samuel 12:13-14)
Sin is serious, and it carries with it enormous consequences. A part of the human condition, however, is that we sin. Even the Apostle Paul admitted to a thorn in his flesh that brought him to his knees in failure time and time again. Due to our sin nature, there will still be moments when we sin, even when we strive to serve the Lord; David’s life was an example of this. His life was also an example of how we should handle the aftermath of sin in our lives.
When confronted by Nathan the Prophet, David willingly admitted his transgression and sought forgiveness from the Lord . David’s acknowledgement of his sin didn’t, however, erase the consequences. He still suffered through the death of his new child, but his repentance was real, and God forgave him.
David didn’t continue walking down the path of sinful indulgence; he moved forward.
The consequences were real, but so was his repentant heart before the Lord. That’s why David was known as a man after God’s own heart.
There will come times in your life when you give in to temptation. Unfortunately, it will happen. What’s really at stake is what you will do after. What story will your life tell? “I messed up, so I decided that all was lost and walked further down the path.” Or, “I messed up, and I sought forgiveness. With God’s help, I turned around and started heading the right direction.”
Your life has the option of two different stories. One story relies on God’s strength to press on toward holiness; the other capitulates to a life away from what God has for you. Which story will you tell?
Lord, I want my life to tell the story of redemption – of how You picked me up in the midst of my frailty and sin and helped me to move forward. Keep me from making excuses for continuing sin in my life, and help me to strive to be the person You want me to be.