What to Do When You Are Guilty

Day 147

2 Samuel 12:1‐31; John 16:1‐33; Psalm 119:65‐80; Proverbs 16:4‐5

What to Do When You Are Guilty

God Himself calls David, “a man after my own heart.” We see David as shepherd, musician, poet, warrior, and God-anointed king of Israel. But in today’s passage, we see King David as a sinner, guilty of adultery, deceit, and murder. He is confronted by the Lord’s prophet, Nathan, in the context of a story in which a greedy rich man robs and kills the beloved lamb of his poor neighbor. King David is so incensed by this injustice that he demands that the guilty man be put to death. Nathan then speaks the truth with force: “You are the man!”

He then reminds David of all that the Lord had done for him, and pronounces the consequences of David’s sins. David’s immediate response is to repent: “I have sinned against the Lord.” No anger at the messenger, no excuses, no further cover-up. David is laid bare before the Lord and His prophet and is able to receive the word that God in His grace and mercy will spare his life. David is restored to a right relationship to God, though he still must bear the consequences of his actions. He loses the first child that Bathsheba bears him, and his family and kingdom are plagued by rebellion and dysfunction as Nathan had predicted. In Psalm 51, David pours out his repentant heart before the Lord and prays,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

May we learn from David that the most devoted followers of the Lord can yield to temptation, fall into sin, and suffer the consequences. May we continually implore God, in Jesus’ words, to “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” May we also learn from David that when we do fall, we must whole-heartedly confess to the Lord, repent––change our ways and follow His Way–– and implore the Lord to restore to us the joy of our salvation.

Laura Madison
Deland, FL

Is God Enough?

Day 146

2 Samuel 9:1‐11:27; John 15:1‐27; Psalm 119:49‐64; Proverbs 16:1‐3

Is God Enough?

King David began a downward spiral of sin when he gave into temptation with Bathsheba. In a single act, he opened a door that could lead to destruction – both of his status and his faith. Sin led to more sin. Lust led to greed to deception to essentially murder. Despite all the great things David had done, despite the fact that he was considered a “man after God’s own heart,” he fell prey to temptation.

Psalm 119:57 contains one of my favorite phrases in scripture: “The Lord is my portion.” This is something I have to constantly ask myself when reflecting on my own walk with Jesus. “Is the Lord my portion?” In other words, “Is He enough?” For David, God was more than enough. Then David allowed pride to poison him. In a sense, the moment of David’s lack of self-control was in direct opposition to “The Lord is my portion.” In that instance, to David, the Lord was not enough. He chose to fulfill worldly desires. So his actions expressed that sin would be his portion.

We all sin. This is no new concept. We are not perfect. Only Christ can claim that role. But if we strive to live as He is truly our portion each day, by His grace, we can stand confident in our faith. He will both protect us from falling into the trap of temptation, as well as bless us in ways we could never imagine.

Jesus, be our portion.

Zack Nichols
The Church at Cahaba Bend
Helena, AL

David’s Desire, God’s Desire

Day 145

2 Samuel 7:1‐8:18; John 14:15‐31; Psalm 119:33‐48; Proverbs 15:33

David’s Desire, God’s Desire

David sees that his own house is far better than what he has given the Lord and desires to make one better for Him than a simple tent. Little did he know that God had a house in mind to be built but it was not a physical one. God was going to build David a house, and God was going to use that house to establish His kingdom.

So often we are so concerned with what we are giving God that we fail to see what God is doing with or for us. David was concerned with the physical/material and God is concerned with the eternal. Sound familiar? It is so easy to get caught up in the works-based mentality that we often feel like we are going to impress God somehow with all that we are doing “for Him.” The prophet Isaiah tells us that “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” We have nothing to offer God, and yet, He continually bestows upon us His blessings.

Notice David’s response. He went in and “sat before the Lord.” Do you sit before the Lord, thanking Him for all that He has done with and for you? Also, take note of the humility that David, the man after God’s own heart, has when he is before the Lord. How awesome is it that the same God is waiting to use you?

Jeremy Dixon
Birmingham, AL