Truth and Consequences

King David is often used as an example of God’s grace. People note, how David slept with Bathsheba and had her husband killed to cover up his wife’s pregnancy. (2 Sam. 11) But then went on to do great things for God. Yes, this shows that even those that walk close to God struggle with sin.

It’s important for us to keep in mind that according to Rom. 3:23 the wages of sin is death. Every sin demands a payment and the payment is death. We can also say that every a action has a consequence.

2 Sam. 12:10 says the profit Nathan pronounced the consequence for David’s sin. “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus sayeth 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 into thy neighbor, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou did it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.” It goes on to say that they lose the baby, later one of David’s sons rapes David’s daughter, another son takes David’s wife and tries to take his kingdom and murder him!

David realizes what he has done and repents. But it is too late to avoid years of family torment over one moment of pleasure. David cries out to God for mercy, and yes, God is merciful to him. He is good to take our mistakes and bless us to show how good He is. He walks us through the valley of the shadow of death. As David says in Psalm 139:8 even when we make our bed in hell, He is there.

We must consider that God’s plan is good for us. That He adores us. We were created in His image and He wants a relationship with us. To follow our own plan, to make ourselves feel good in the moment, we may be sowing various forms of death into our lives.

GOD is good. God IS good. God is GOOD!! We MUST keep this in our minds and hearts at all times. His laws are to protect us and give us His very best. Let’s trust in His goodness instead of relying on His mercy.

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