Is Sin That Big of a Deal?

Lysa TerKeurst

Day: 43 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 12

2 Samuel 12:13 (NIV) “Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’ Nathan replied, ‘The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.’”

Have you ever made a decision that you knew deep down wasn’t right but it seemed completely justifiable in your situation?

Maybe you’ve been lonely in your marriage for a really long time so it just seems understandable that you’d seek out companionship from a man that isn’t your husband. Or, you’ve been struggling financially and your boss has more than enough money, so skimming a little cash here and there isn’t so bad. Or, cheating on this one test is fine because everyone else cheats all the time and you normally don’t.

You brush off the conviction.

You compartmentalize this area of sin and keep reminding yourself that in every other area you’re good.

You keep secrets from those people you know would call you out.

You lie.

You pretend.

And you have no idea what a voracious appetite sin has. Sin may seem like no big deal at first. But sin will always cost you more than what you want to pay and take you places you never intended to go.

Sin unleashes consequences that will rob you of your peace, diminish your integrity and cause you pain that’s never worth it.

Unfortunately, I know how painful sin is because I’ve lived this cycle of its consequences many times. And I suspect you have as well.

But before we despair, we can take hope that though we will have to suffer the consequences of our sin, God’s grace and forgiveness is always available to those who humbly turn their hearts back to Him.

This is the exact place we find David in 2 Samuel 12. David has sinned. He slept with another man’s wife named Bathsheba. She finds out she is pregnant with David’s child. Instead of owning his sin, he tries desperately to devise a plan to cover it all up. David’s first attempted cover-up plan was to get Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, to come in from the battlefield and hopefully sleep with her thus making it seem like the baby was his. But that plan fails. So, he has Uriah sent to the front battle lines knowing full well that he’ll be killed. Now David is not just guilty of adultery but murder as well.

And I suspect for a while, David thought he’d gotten away with his sin.

But after a year, the prophet Nathan confronts David. He masterfully presents a parable to David without David realizing he was in fact the main character of the story. In fact, since part of the function of a prophet is to handle disputes in a judicial system, it is very possible that David is listening to what he believes is a real scenario that he must make judgment on. David is infuriated at the callous actions of the man in question.

Imagine David’s shock when Nathan pronounces two simple and specific Hebrew words that translate – “You are the man!” (2 Samuel 12:7).

It’s hard to understand in the middle of this story why the Bible would later refer to David in Acts 13:22 as a man after God’s own heart. How can this be in light of all we’ve read today? One of the reasons is because when confronted with sin, he responds out of humility and not a defensive pride. He allows God to break him rather than let his pride overtake him.

David owns his sin and repents out of a true brokenness of his heart. His response is short and uncomplicated. He doesn’t blame. He doesn’t justify. He doesn’t make excuses. He doesn’t minimize what he’d done.

He owns his sin.

David’s simple response in 2 Samuel 12:13 is a testament for us all. 

But let’s not forget there are still consequences for our sins. David experienced deep pain as a result of his sin both immediately in the death of his son and in the future as his kingdom is torn in two.

Even in the midst of this evil and horrific scenario we see the fatherly nature of God and how vast His grace is. 2 Samuel 12:24-25, “Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him; and because the LORD loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah.”

Don’t miss the love of God here. God blessed them with another son … and the Lord loved him.

Let’s not leave today’s reading without realizing that this isn’t just a story about a king and his sin. David’s story is our story. And the love and grace he received is ours to receive as well.

No matter what our past has held, we can choose today to be a people after God’s own heart – humbly choosing to own our sin, repent and let God’s grace and forgiveness flood in. 

Prayer: Father God, thank You for loving me enough to point out the sin in my life. I know You aren’t trying to expose me to put shame on me. You want to expose the sin that has its chains around me. You want to set me free. Shine the light of Your truth on my heart today and reveal any darkness hiding within me. Help me to be quick to run to You in repentance instead of avoiding You in shame. I know I will always be met with Your grace, Your mercy, Your unending love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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