What Happens When You Sin and Confess It? – Part 1
“Then Nathan said to David, ‘You’re the man!’” (2 Samuel 12:7 NIV)
The worst time in the life of King David of Israel was when he sinned against God by committing adultery with Bathsheba. Then, when David learned that Bathsheba was carrying his child, he tried to hide his sin by bringing her husband, Uriah, home from battle to be with his wife so that no one would know whose baby it was. That backfired, and David compounded his sin by having Uriah put on the front lines and then abandoned, so that he would be killed. And so it was that David went for months, it seems, just totally out of his mind; until God sent the prophet Nathan to rebuke him for his sin.
Nathan told David the story of someone who tried to take advantage of a less fortunate person, and David got righteously indignant when he heard it. By the way, isn’t it something how we can see the faults in others, but when it comes to our own wrong words and actions, we give ourselves a pass? Well, David said, “Bring that man here!” to which Nathan replied, “You’re the man!” The Lord then said to David through Nathan, in essence, “I anointed you king of Israel, and look at what you’ve done.” Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And here’s what Nathan replied: “The Lord has taken away your sin.”
Wait! How quick was that?! Do you mean to say that David didn’t have to wait or sacrifice or do penance? The thing that some people don’t know is that God is so full of mercy and compassion that when you’re sincere and you come to him and say, “Forgive me, Lord! What I did was wrong… what I said was wrong!” he doesn’t say, “I’ll forgive you eventually, but you’re not off the hook that easily. I’ll have to think of some kind of punishment for you here!”
Now, you have to be a Christian to know that uncomfortable feeling you have when God is dealing with you about your sin and you try to fight it. But to anyone who might be experiencing, not conviction of sin, but the torment of condemnation from the enemy of our souls, I declare this: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)!
This, of course, assumes that we’re sincere—that we hate what we did or said in disobedience to God. But when we confess the thing before God, we have to know that he doesn’t wait six months to forgive us… he doesn’t wait six minutes to forgive us. His ear is so open to the cry of his people that when we come to him and mean it when we say, “I’m sorry,” the guilt is gone; and the burden is lifted!
To be continued…
Read 2 Samuel 12:1-6.