The Consequences of sin can last a lifetime
King David was a "man after God's own heart"
One of my favorite character's in the Bible is King David of the Old Testament. He was handsome, strong and anointed by God to rule Judah and Israel. He was very rich and powerful and loved the Lord with all his heart. What is so interesting about his story is that he was also a “sinner”, but he was still referenced as a “man after God’s own heart”. If he could be forgiven for his mistakes in life – anyone can. There is one thing that no one likes to hear about when it comes to sin – and those are the consequences that sometimes follow as in the case of King David.
God is a God of mercy, so if we look inside ourselves we know if we have sinned then we need to ask Him to forgive us. By the fact that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we can place our faith in Him and our request is gladly granted. But, what we fail to understand as in the case of King David, is that even after we are forgiven, the consequences can last longer than we would like, and can affect others in the process. By understanding there are consequences we will hopefully not do what is evil in God's sight. Today unfortunately some kids are raised with no consequences for their bad actions and they pass those traits along to their kids, so we have a vicious cycle of individuals who basically can get away with so much evil and hurt others without blinking an eye.
So let’s go back to the book of Samuel and see just how it happened to King David shall we?
King David's lustful sin had devasting consequences
The first mistake King David made was not being out in the field with his men during battle at this particular time. Instead he chose to stay at the palace and not fight with the others. When David first placed his eyes on Bethsheba one day as he was looking out his window, he began to have feelings of lust for her. He acted on those feelings and that was his second mistake. Then after an affair with Bethsheba she became pregnant with his child, so King David’s first instinct was to cover the sin anyway he could. He ended up sending her husband to the battlefield and placed him in the front lines where he would easily be killed, which sadly he was. Bethsheba’s husband was a good soldier and husband but King David wanted her to himself. After David began sinning he started losing God’s presence in his life. So when Bethsheba had the baby a most horrifying thing happened the child died at birth. This set David on his face on the ground before Almighty God, because he knew he had sinned against so many people and God. But when he cried out to God for forgiveness, to take that burden from him and to create in him a clean heart, God heard his cry. The next big step was for King David to receive that forgiveness and forgive himself - which is sometimes a hard thing to do. Most of the Psalms in the Bible are written by King David because he truly loved God but when he stepped into sin and out of God’s will, he was drawn to repentance in a very powerful way.
Even though God had made a covenant with King David that all his future generations would be blessed, because of David’s sin, his own son Absalom plotted to over throw his Kingdom. Do David lived with the consequences of his actions for many years to come.
We all have temptations on a daily basis, but we need to ask ourselves if it is worth it. Will what you do next have consequences – more than likely when we think things through, and pray about them, we will not do them. If there isn’t any peace in our hearts it means it is not God’s will for us. In those times we need to meditate on God’s word and remember that there is no “sin” that our Amazing God will not forgive – except rejecting Him and His son Jesus.
A portion of King David's Psalm 51
Psalm 51: 7-13
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me - now let me rejoice.
Don't keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O'God. Renew a right spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence, and don't take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Then I will teach your ways to sinners, and they will return to you.
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