Today’s lesson is pretty rich and intense, so we’re getting right to it. It’s tempting to read this passage and think it has little to do with you and I, but it was included in the Bible for us. For right now. I’m praying that we will feel the Lord’s presence, hear his call to face our sin for what it is, and repent.
All of our connection questions are intertwined with our reading questions, so grab your Bible and journal and read 2 Samuel 12:1-15.
1. We read yesterday that God considered David’s actions to be evil, so what did God do about it? Recall a specific time in your life when you were deep in your sin... maybe it’s now. How did God intervene for you?
2. How did God use Nathan to reveal sin to David? What did it take in your life for the truth of your sin to be revealed?
3. Reread verses 7-8. Circle each time God states what He did for David. Now, make a quick list of what God has done for you. I know... the list is long! Put down the first 5 things that come to your mind from the Lord.
4. Now for the gut-wrenching part. In verse 9, how did David respond to God’s gracious gifts? How have you responded to all that the Lord has done for you? It hurts to see our rebellious hearts in action. I hate to see this about myself.
5. Did God just wipe away the pain and consequences for David’s rebellion against him? Has God removed yours?
All of this is tough!!! It’s the ugly reality of sin, and it hurts. Recognition and repentance do not equal freedom from worldly consequences. God is our loving Father who disciplines in order for us to learn and grow - just as a loving parent disciplines his own child for their best interest. This kind of love is real.
And, hallelujah, God loves us and wants better for us!! He doesn’t just leave us to die in our rebellion. He comes after us to rescue us and bring us back to Him. No sugar-coating or coaxing. As a popular worship song “Reckless Love” states, Jesus comes kicking down walls and lighting up the shadows to save us!
Friend, there’s not much I can tell you that you don’t already know from the Holy Spirit’s instruction in your heart. I want to leave you with the encouragement for you to face your sin head on - call it what it is - and ask the Lord to know where to go from here. I’m not going to tell you that it will be easy. Truth is hard. I know. My life was devastated at a time when the truth my sin came to an ugly head... even if I believed them to be harmless sins that were “under control.” Things were never the same. But God is bigger than sin and bigger than the reality of its consequences. In fact, He’s the creator of restoration - making things better than before!!! He takes those exact things and uses them for His good plan.
For that, I am grateful for His honest conviction and loving correction. I’ll be praying for you on this journey, and I can’t wait for part 2 of Bathsheba’s story. Redemption is on the horizon!
TRUTHS FOR TODAY:
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person-though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
- Romans 5:6-11
“He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.”