By Kathy Varis
Today's Scripture: II Samuel 12:13
Central Thought: Hiding sin causes judgment, while confessing sin brings restoration.
What happens when a small child does something that his mom or dad has told him not to do, and he gets caught? Usually you'll see the child scurrying away, trying to avoid punishment. How do you feel when you're going over the speed limit and the red lights start flashing behind you?
King David sinned by behaving improperly with a friend's wife. After she became pregnant, he arranged to have her husband murdered. David tried to keep his sin hidden by marrying the woman, but someone saw. That someone was God. God sent the prophet Nathan to confront David.
Remember when Adam and Eve sinned? What did they do? They felt afraid, so they hid themselves and tried to cover up. When that didn't help, they blamed each other. To his credit, when confronted, David confessed, 'I have sinned against the Lord.” This brought restoration to David, even though it didn't release him from the aftermath of his sin. Nathan told him that his actions had caused the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, or ridicule, God.
We forget how much our sin causes God to be diminished in the eyes of others. When a pebble is thrown into water, the ripples spread to the whole pond. When people sin, the effects are far-reaching, touching many. Let's quickly confess our sins and allow God to cleanse and restore us.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, I realize that my sin is against You. Please cleanse and restore me.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-31; John 16:1-33; Psalm 119:65-80; Proverbs 16:4-5