As I was finishing my preparation to teach the Sunday School lesson this morning, something made me stop and think.
Today’s lesson was on “David Finds Forgiveness” – the account where Nathan comes to David to confront him about his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah.
David was told that he would live, but his child that is born would die, as a result of his sin. But the child did not die immediately. The child became sick and was sick for seven days, before it died. Can you imagine watching your sick child, knowing they were going to die, as a result of your sin? I can’t imagine what all David must have felt for seven days as he watched his child slip away, not because of something the child had done, but something David had done. Today’s lesson is an excellent lesson showing us that the consequences of our sinful actions not only affect us, but the effect can be felt and experienced by others around us.
But amidst the sobering parts of this lesson, we can also learn something else from David – when he heard the child had passed, he arose, washed himself, anointed himself, and went to the temple to worship. And then only did he stop to eat. He took care of himself spiritually, before he took care of his physical needs.
When we sin, may we be as David – confess our sins, make it right, and then move forward, leaving the past behind us.
Blessings to you on this Sunday morning.