A Careless Whisper

A Careless Whisper

Friday, 01 October 2021

“David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.’ ” – 2 Samuel 12:5-6 NIV

David was a king and had everything he could ever ask for. He had servants and people whose entire reason for existence was to serve him. He most probably had many women who would have loved to marry him, and as king, he could have picked the prettiest in his kingdom. Yet, he was attracted to someone’s wife, whom though he found out was married, still slept with her. He then used his position of authority to have the husband killed so that he could marry her. He even denied and pretended to befriend the man knowing full well that he was going to have him executed. When he was told about a “hypothetical” scenario of what another man had done, he was so infuriated and was even ready to have the man capable of such a selfish act executed. Unbeknownst to him, he was the very culprit and using his own standard of justice, expected to die. Yet, when he found out, he repented before GOD and was forgiven.

We know that GOD knows the beginning and the end of our existence. With this very knowledge about David, GOD still loved him and still called him “A man after my own heart”. The very same David whose writings inspire us to this very day. A man whose walk and relationship with GOD is used as a standard. This is how loving and merciful our GOD is, that He would forgive an adulterer and a murderer like David, and elevate him to the position that he is in now. To us, David should have been discarded and never heard of again because of what he did to Uriah, yet GOD still loved him. This type of love GOD has for His children is mind-boggling.

“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” Psalm 103:12 NLT. When we come before GOD in humility and repent of our sins, He forgives us immediately. As soon as we say “Amen”, Holy Spirit takes a chalkboard eraser and erases the sin (GOD completely forgets about the sin). It’s Satan that reminds us and makes us wallow in the guilt while our Father has long forgotten about it. He is the master of condemnation and this is his weapon of choice. We just need to remember that our identity comes from GOD and only He tells us who we are. If He says I am His righteous, then that’s who I am, even when I’ve just fallen into a sea of sin. He tells me who I am and that’s all that matters, so I don’t need a week of “cleansing” to be able to approach Him again. Satan is the one that convinces you that you are not good enough. “Where were these Scriptures when you were committing adultery? How dare you lead prayer when you know what you did last night? A leader, you? If only these people knew your thoughts they wouldn’t even listen to you”. These are some of the things that he whispers to us daily, and if we are not careful we might believe him, but grace says, “NO!”.

“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!” Psalm 32:1-2 NLT.

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