For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.’” So 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. However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die” (2 Samuel 12: 12-14 New King James Version).
For every action there is a reaction. For every word we speak, for every thing we do, there will be a consequence resulting from it and not one of us is exempt. King David, a man the Bible says was a man after God’s own heart, learned this the hard way. He committed adultery and then to cover it up, he had the woman’s husband murdered. So, he was an adulterer and a murderer. When Bathsheba came through her period of mourning, the bible says King David took her to be his wife and a child was born. King David, because he allowed sin to root in his heart, could not see what he had done; God used a parable spoken through Nathan, the prophet, to open King David’s eyes.
God is a God who forgives, His love and mercy go beyond our human comprehension. Because we are sinful, the bible says the wages of sin is death, but because God is love and He is redemptive in nature, Jesus paid our sin debt. When we repent, we no longer are dying as a result of our sin. King David realized he had sinned against the Lord and he repented (v. 13) and the Lord forgave him; however, because there are consequences for our sins, the Lord was going to take the child, the fruit of the adulterous union. The child fell ill and died, despite King David’s pleading and fasting.
If God did not love us so and desire for us to mature and grow in Him, becoming fruitful branches on His vine, He would also remove from us the consequences of our actions. When we do not see the results of what we do, we learn nothing. We will never know what not to do if we don’t experience the results. We would continue to put our hands in the fire if we never felt the burn; we would be as spoiled and undisciplined children. God is a God who loves and chastises because of His love for us. He is faithful and He is true. God has stated, in His word, whatever we sow, we will reap. Oh, we may go ahead and tell a little white lie, covering up what may seem small at the time, but later on that little white lie could come back to bite us in the backside and it could be years before we realize it.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, Your grace is endless and Your faithfulness is matchless. Your love is pure and You are Holy. Father, there is none like You, none can compare to You! Father, thank You for the love that You extend toward us by the consequences we must pay for our actions. May we learn from the mistakes we make, may we learn from the results of our actions. Father, may our hearts become ever more obedient and ever more yearning towards pleasing You. May we have discernment to know when we are stepping into territory that will have results unfavorable towards us. Father, may we seek Your direction and face at every turn, in every moment. We love You and we give You all our praise and worship! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Give careful thought to every word you speak, every step you take, every action, for what you do today will have repercussions in your tomorrows.
Additional Scriptures: Numbers 32:23; Galatians 6:7; 2 Samuel 11:1-12:23
Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny” (Author Unknown).