And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 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.
(2 Samuel 12:1-13)
(2 Samuel 12:1-13)
Today's Morsel: One of the things about willfully sinning, is that it is usually hard to recover from once it is exposed. Even though God forgives men of their sin, Satan will not. He will continue to bring it to your mind and memory in hopes of destroying you and stopping you from ever serving God again. Remember, Jesus said that the thief comes not but for to steal, kill, and destroy; but He (Jesus) came that we might have life. Paul lets us know that there is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. Once God forgives us, we must walk in the Spirit so that we will not fulfill the lust of our flesh. Our flesh will desire us to keep sinning because our sins were exposed. But Isaiah said that God will keep us in perfect peace if our minds stay upon God (Isaiah 26:3). John tells us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). It's always better to confess our sins to God than to wait and have them be exposed by others. Don't ever think failure is fatal, it isn't if you are willing to repent.
Sing: Thank You Lord, for saving my soul. Thank You Lord, for making me whole. Thank You Lord, for giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free.
Thought for Today: Failure is only fatal if you aren't willing to repent.