King David & Bathsheba
Read: 2 Samuel 11:12-25; Psalm 32:3-5
Have you ever told a tiny, little lie to cover up something you’ve done? Only to later discover that lie wasn’t actually so little- that it actually turned into something bigger? In these verses we see that happening in the life of King David. By now, we know David had messed up. Big time. He slept with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, who then became pregnant. Up to this point David’s attempts to cover up Bathsheba’s pregnancy by sending Uriah back home to sleep with his wife have failed. David gave Joab (the captain of David’s army) strict orders to place Uriah at the “front line where fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down & die”.
Yikes! Sometimes the fear of having our sin uncovered makes us do some pretty crazy things. While I doubt many of us have committed murder, we can all relate to King David. We mess up. Sin makes us hide. Then we get scared someone will uncover our sin. We hide, we tell another lie to cover up the first one, we pretend everything is okay!
But in Christ- there’s hope for something different. We really can change! If we continue reading in Psalm 32:3-5 we learn that confession = freedom. Confession is simply being honest about the state of our heart, and our struggles. “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said I will confess my transgressions to the Lord- and you will forgive the guilt of my sin”. We are all guilty of something! Don’t forget- David was human, he caved into lust, he committed adultery and was a murderer. YET- despite all of that- God still called David a man after His own heart. God loved David- despite his mistakes, and remember- God loves you too. Confession is the key to living free.
Is there something you need to confess today? What’s holding you back? Embarrassment? Fear? Maybe it’s a lie you told? Or a habit you’ve fallen into that’s unhealthy? Maybe you said something hurtful, or your thoughts wandered to places they shouldn’t. Take the next step today- God is waiting with open arms to forgive & free us from our sin! All we have to do is take the next step- and confess!