Today’s Scripture: And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 2 Samuel 12:5-7
Nathan the prophet had received an unenviable assignment from the Lord. He had to call David out on his sin. He began by telling a story of a man who had everything and a man who had only a little lamb. The man with everything stole the little lamb from his neighbor.
Nathan asked David what he thought should be done to the man who stole the lamb. David became very angry and declared that the man should be put to death and the lamb restored four-fold. With a godly courage, Nathan the prophet looked David in the eye and said, “You are the man.”
Sin always will come out. If you are sinning, don’t make it worse. Stop, confess, and admit it to the Lord. For months, David thought he had successfully hidden his sin. But at that moment, as he realized he had been caught, he had the correct response: “I have sinned against the Lord.”
This is why God still called David a man after His own heart. Yes, David still had to suffer and pay the consequences because you will reap what you have sown. But, he no longer had to live under the load of guilt from God because he had confessed it.
An important aspect of David’s confession was that he had sinned against the Lord. Do not think that you have only sinned against your wife, your husband, your boss, or your coworker. All sin is sin against God first and must be dealt with as such. Then, we can deal with it on a personal level.
So, God forgave David, and the guilt was removed. Believer, are you struggling under a load of guilt? Confess whatever it is that you are guilty of. Let God work in your life to remove the guilt and shame. Yes, there may be consequences, but you will be free from the burden of guilt.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.