KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Sunday, May 13, 2018
Chapters: II Samuel 11-12, Psalm 51
Message: He Is Faithful When We Confess
Hello My Friend,
Sin is not something we take lightly, oh, we are very capable of committing sin, and when we are planning it (yes, we do plan it) it seems like we can handle it, but it is our reaction after we sin that is a never ending battle, not only to keep it hidden, but the consequence as well. Let me tell you, sin never goes unpunished, and the more we try to cover it up the longer the punishment. The best way to handle sin is not to get into those situations in the first place, but if we do, go directly to God, confess it, and ask Him to help you get through it. We may still face some chastisement for sin, but it is not as severe as trying to deal with it on our own. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” – I John 1:9-10.
“and his word is not in us.” Of all the sins we can commit, while they all come with consequence, the ones that have the most impact are those we do with our bodies. David had everything going for him, he was one of the most godliest kings of all time, the apple of God’s eye. They won battle after battle because of one thing, David walked with God daily. Now, everything was about to change when he made one immoral decision that he would regret for the rest of his life. David was to be heading up his army to fight in that battle with the Ammonites, but decided to stay home. As he was looking out over his rooftop he notices a woman bathing, he calls for her, ended up committed adultery with her, and she got pregnant. In a crazy attempt to cover his sin he tired everything to get the husband to go home and be with his wife, only Uriah, full of integrity, could not abandon his country and refused to go home.
“And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house. And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also. And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.” – II Samuel 11:13-17,26-27.
“But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.” You see, the whole time all this was going on David forgot something, God. All this took place over a nine month period, David did everything to try to fix the sin, except go to God. Believe it or not, when we confess our sin to God He will help us get out of the mess me made, but we must come to Him, if He has to come to us and tells us what we have done, we are going to suffer on our own for it. And that is exactly what happened, since David was not speaking to God, God sent Nathan to him and told him what the consequence would be for this dreadful situation.
“Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.” – II Samuel 12:9-14.
“but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.” The worse thing we can ever do is try to cover up sin, it only makes things worse. All of this came to pass too as David’s eldest son not only tried to take the throne from him, but set up a tent on the roof of the palace and slept with his wives. All I have to say in all this is, have the women no integrity either. Have they no shame? Excuse me, but I do not care if you are a king, nothing is worth that. I am sure these women suffered as well for submitting to them, but do not tell me that it is only women who are weak, sin can bring the strongest person to their knees. David confessed his sin.
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” – Psalm 51:1-4,14-17.
“Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,” We really have no idea how sin impact our lives until we realize that it is God who we sinned against. And let me tell you, the second we do realize it the guilt is unbearable, we just have to confess and pray to God that His punishment will not be too severe. David, knowing the child was going to die as the result of his sin did the only thing left to do, he not only prayed, he fasted as well.
“David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” – II Samuel 12:16-23.
“I shall go to him,” One thing is for sure, we truly are not saved by our own righteousness, even before Jesus came here in the flesh, it was only by grace that we are saved. The people did what a lot of people do when someone dies before their time, especially a child, wondered how he could move on after his death. Illness often brings us closer to God, especially if it is a child or loved one, while we may not understand why God uses illness or death as a way to get us to repent, it is important to remember that life does not end after death. Babies go straight to heaven as well as those who are saved, tragedies like these are reminders that heaven and hell are real and it gives the lost a chance to find mercy, grace, and Christ through their grief. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” – II Corinthians 7:10-11.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.” – II Samuel 11:11.
Today’s Prayer: God, Your mercy endures forever, no matter what we have done when we confess our sin to You You are always faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of our unrighteousness, even if that means we have to face some chastisement. Everything You place before us is meant to teach, correct, and guide us out of walking in the flesh, and into Your Spirit. God, have mercy and grace on us, give us peace and comfort through our trials as well as any grievances we face, and as we look to You for help and guidance in every matter of our lives, lead us not into temptation, and keep us faithful to You when we are tempted. In Jesus’ name. Amen
God Bless You, I am praying for you. And Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and those who are like a mom.
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