By: Lisa Wilmore
Before we commit secret sins, think about the consequences of open shame
Scripture Reading …And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man…Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus 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 unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun (2 Samuel 12:7a;10-12).
My Christian Friends,
The message last week was entitled, “When we are forced to look in God’s mirror.” This week, we will continue to expound upon Samuel’s account of David’s imperfections and how God justly deals with us who displeases Him.
I must admit while meditating on this account, I was forced to look at my past and present imperfections while thanking God for His grace and mercy. Samuel records David’s plot and plan to kill Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba. After a successful plan, David sent for Uriah’s wife and claimed her as his wife. Samuel further records that Bathsheba bore him a son. “But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD”.
According to Strong’s concordance, the word “displease” actually means hurt and pain. So, when David displeased God, he actually hurt Him. In fact, it pained God to know that He had done great things for David and would have done more, only for David “To do evil in His sight” (2 Samuel 12: 7-9a). Oh how hurtful it is when our own children displease (hurt) us. The hurt does not stop us from loving them, but there are consequences to their disobedience.
In David’s case, God’s consequences for his secret sin yield open shame for what he had done. Even though further in scriptures, David confesses and acknowledges that he had sinned against the LORD, the consequences were still established. Nathan tells him that the LORD had put away his sin and that he shall not die (2 Samuel 12: 13). What a mighty God we serve!
As the aforementioned text reveals, David will have to suffer open shame for his secret sin. His wives will be given to his neighbor, openly; and the sword will never depart from his house. So, before we commit secret sins, think about the consequences of open shame.
God could have killed us for our sinful acts. However, thank Him for Jesus the Christ!