Are you one who easily admits when you’re wrong? Or is being right important at all costs? I used to have a hard time admitting when I was wrong, but then I realized my actions only intensified my mistake. Now I am quick to admit my mistake because only then can the Lord step into my situation and make it right. There is nothing we do He can’t work together for good [Romans 8:28].
King David was called a man after God’s own heart, yet he was very human and made mistakes [1 Samuel 13:14]. In 2 Samuel 11 and 12 we see David make a colossal mistake which he only intensified by trying to cover it up. It would have gone so much better for him if he had simply admitted his guilt and allowed the Lord to work. Have you ever been there? You do one thing wrong and in order to avoid detection, you continue sinning until things are in one huge mess. David slept with a woman who wasn’t his wife and got her pregnant, tried to trick her husband into sleeping with her so he’d think the baby was his, and when that didn’t work he ordered a hit on her husband [2 Samuel 11:1-27]. David thought he got away with things. He was moving on with life assuming no one was aware of his doings; however, nothing is hidden from the eyes of the Lord [Hebrews 4:13]. In 2 Samuel 12 David learned two things: God sees everything and our sin eventually catches up to us.
David could have denied his sin when Nathan confronted him on it, but the weight of everything was more than he could bear. When Nathan called David out, he finally responded in 2 Samuel 12:13, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” The point of David’s confession also became the point of his healing. At the very moment he owned up to his sin, the Lord stepped in with forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” God isn’t sitting in heaven with a big stick ready to beat us down when we finally come clean with Him. He is a loving Father [Matthew 7:11]. He is there to pick us up when we fall, brush us off and put us back on the right pathway, but He will not impose Himself upon us. We must act first through confessing our sins to Him, inviting Him into our situation. David still had to face the consequences of his sin, but he did so a forgiven man with the Lord by his side.
What is your situation today? Are you restored and in right standing with your Father? Or have you gotten a little dirty because of the choices you’ve made and you’re trying to hide the stains from Him hoping they’ll go unseen? He’s ready and willing to clean you up. He uses something far more powerful than a Tide Stain Stick and it leaves no residue behind. Will you trust Him with your mistakes? It all beings with confession.
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