“I’ve messed up…”
Posted: Saturday, May 27
2 Samuel 12:1-31
Verse of the day:
“Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.” (2 Samuel 12:13 NLT)
Have you ever messed up really bad? So bad that you didn’t even know where to begin to fix things? So bad that you didn’t even know if you could be forgiven? How do you fix something that has damage that can’t be undone? Where do you even begin?
David’s situation was bad. REALLY BAD. He had slept with another man’s wife, gotten her pregnant, tried to come up with a plan to hide it, when that didn’t work he came up with a new plan that involved having her husband killed and then quickly married the woman to try to continue to cover up what had really happened. Problem was he couldn’t cover up what had happened—God knew and God was not going to let this sin be covered—it needed to be dealt with. God loved David too much to let his sin separate them.
So where to begin to fix things? There was so much damage that couldn’t be undone. David couldn’t take back any of the things he had done. He started though where we all need to start when we sin. He confessed it. He exposed the ugliness of his actions for what it was—it was ALL sin. He humbled his heart and acknowledged that what He did was wrong.
Sometimes you find yourself so far down the path of sin that you don’t know what to do. Is it better to just continue down the path since there is already so much damage or to turn to God and expose the ugliness for what it is? Both options involve pain. But only one option offers hope. David still had to face extremely painful lifelong consequences for his actions but there was still hope because God forgave him. Had he continued down the path he was on there would have only been more pain and devastation.