Giving Room for Sin

David is one of my favourite characters from the bible. Continuing my study through the book of Samuel and going through the life of David from shepherd to King has been rich with lessons. But as I land on 2 Samuel 11, the story of David and Bathsheba, I almost do not want to linger on this part of his story. I am aware of the sin he commits and I did not feel like dwelling on the not so triumphant aspect of his story.

But if we stick to only the feel-good portions of scripture, we miss out on aspects of who God is. He is a God who does not tolerate sin, who disciplines those He loves, there are consequences to our choices and actions, but most of all we might miss out on the beauty of His forgiveness, mercy, grace and His love in light of our imperfections. And so, I was reminded that it is necessary to spend time on all parts of scripture with equal import.  

In my previous post Let God Lead, we looked at David inquiring of the Lord and letting God lead his every decision and action. But in this instance, we see David keeping his desires above that of God which leads him down a path of sin.

In 2 Samuel 11:1a we read “In the spring at the time when Kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the King’s men and the whole Israelite army.”

David fought many battles and you would think that he earned the right to sit this one out, after all he was king now. But if we take note of the verse above, it says that ‘when kings go off to war’. If we look back at David’s story, he always led his men in battle, he took his God anointed role of shepherd, protector and king of the people of Israel seriously, he was always with them and yet this time when kings would normally be with their men at war, he was not.

We do not read of David staying back as a result of the Lord’s directive to do so. If this was callousness on David’s part of acting outside of God’s will, it provided an opportunity for Satan to get a foothold. The words of Galatians 5:16 come to mind “Walk by the spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

For us: A reminder for us that this action of David does not look like blatant disobedience. But walking outside of God’s will starts with us not bothering to inquire of the Lord and placing our desires above HIS. That start of disobedience may be small but can lead us on a trajectory that distances ourselves more from God.

David sleeps with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah (verse 4). We do not read at this point of David showing any remorse for his actions. And his sin was not out in the open for all to know.

For us: Often just like David, we tend not to deal with some sin in our lives if it is not staring us right in the face. Unchecked sin can be an invisible barrier that prevents us from growing and staying close to God. But the Lord has a way of bringing forth that which we try to shove under the rug. In David’s case, Bathsheba became pregnant.

David scrambles for a coverup by sending for Uriah with the pretence of enquiring about the war. He persuades Uriah to spend a couple of days, but on both nights, Uriah does not go home to be with his wife, he chooses to sleep along with his men at the entrance to the palace.

In verse 11 Uriah says to David “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my Lord’s men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house and eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing.”

These words by Uriah unbeknown to him were a rebuke to David’s actions. Uriah’s devotion to duty is in sharp contrast to David’s actions. God’s anointed King to his people chose to slake his own sinful desires over fulfilling his duty to that which he was called to.

Did these words from Uriah make David think about his own actions? We do not read of David showing any remorse yet.

For us: When we falter in any way, God in his mercy will use moments to remind us to stop and think about whether our thoughts and actions are aligned with those of God. May we not ignore those rebukes and reminders but recognise that even though they sting our conscience they are provided in His mercy and love so that we repent and realign ourselves with God.

David ends up ensuring that Uriah is placed in the front lines where the battle is fiercest and he succumbs to the sword of the enemy. David learns of this and shortly after marries Bathsheba. David at this point probably breathes a sigh of relief thinking that he had successfully managed a cover up. But in verse 27 we read “But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” David seems to have forgotten that he has yet to answer to God.

In chapter 12 we read of God sending Nathan to rebuke David and he truly repents of his actions. Even though God is merciful and forgives David, he still has to endure the consequences of his actions and David accepts the Lord’s decision.

David walked closely with God and yet had this moment where he succumbed to sin. 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be sober minded and vigilant, for your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” May we remember these words and know that we cannot rest on past laurels of not yielding to temptation, we need the Lord every day to stand firm in our faith and in our walk.

David misuses his God given royal power for personal ends – a reminder – that which God enables and empowers us with, unless in submission to God can be used by Satan as an instrument that leads us down a path of sin.

Assumption after walking with the Lord for a while can be dangerous – we are to always inquire of the Lord if what we are doing is in accordance with His will.

A small act of disobedience may seem harmful but unless checked can veer us on a path away from God.

David did not excuse or justify his actions when the prophet Nathan rebukes him. He acknowledges them and is truly repentant.

God wants each one of us to have a close relationship with Him, God never moved away from David but David did when he placed his sinful desire above that of God. God in His love and mercy, shone the light on David’s sin and refined him through that corrective process. God never forsakes us when we falter but lovingly disciplines and welcomes us back into fellowship with Him. But there should be true repentance in our hearts which are reflected in our actions.

God Bless

49 thoughts on “Giving Room for Sin

  1. You’ve added some new thoughts to a well known Bible story.
    A small turn away from God can become a major problem if left unchecked. In fact, any unconfessed sin is a danger to our fellowship with the Lord.
    A most insightful post!
    Blessings.

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    1. Thank you David. We can often think that small steps of disobedience do not have major ramifications but if we allow ourselves to continue on that path they do lead us gradually far away from God.
      Always appreciate your input.
      Blessings 🙂

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    1. Thank you Deb, and it can be so gradual that we may not realise that we have moved away from God.
      I feel that Covering up sin can be like digging the hole we are in even deeper.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts Deb. Blessings to you my friend 💙

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  2. We definitely need to humble ourselves and seek God’s guidance in all we do. Sin can creep in so easily and hinder our progress. Thanks for sharing these points from the life of David.

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  3. Manu, I’m so glad you addressed how subtle our actions can be to make room for sin. I’m glad you didn’t skim over this part for we all truly needed to be reminded that we like David can be easily tempted and yes, even yield to sin through our thought patterns, excuses and disobedience. I love that you mention that David didn’t inquire of the Lord in remaining behind. Many times we can get so programmed to doing our own thing that we don’t inquire of our Lord. Forgive us, Father.

    This point here really struck a nerve with me…”walking outside of God’s will starts with us not bothering to inquire of the Lord and placing our desires above HIS.” May we always follow the precepts outlined in Proverbs 3:5-6 🙏🏽

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    1. Thank you Dee. Yes, we can so easily be tempted and should never think that we can stay strong against temptation in our own strength.
      Being a creature of habit can very easily pour into me tending to do my own thing and assume very readily that it is what I should be doing and I have to remind myself to not jump on ahead before God.
      Yes, proverbs 3:5-6 is such an apt verse.
      Blessings sis 💙

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  4. This is a thought-provoking post. A small disobedience can lead to larger ones, if we are not careful. It’s important to not allow any disobedience in our hearts. I agree that this story is not one I enjoy reading, especially since David is one of my favorites as well. But this story is important for many reasons. It teaches us that we need to seek God’s will at all times. And it shows, as you said, that we need to have a repentant heart when we do realize that we have sinned. But I also appreciate the fact that it shows David was not perfect. This helps when we want to berate ourselves for small mishaps. And the story has a beautiful ending, displaying God’s unfailing love for us, when we turn back to Him. Thanks for sharing, Manu! I always enjoy your posts. God bless you, my friend! ❤️

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    1. Small steps outside of Gods will gradually moves us away from close intimacy with Him and we end up kind of deeper in the pit of sin. That is what Satan would want.
      You are so right that a repentant heart is so important.
      God is so loving and faithful.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Always appreciate it 🤗.
      Blessings to you my friend 💙

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  5. As i read your post, I remembered a woman. This woman was really sick and she went to church and asked the pastor to pray for her. So the pastors started praying for her in front of the whole congregation. After awhile, the pastors asked the woman if she had anything to confess and she says there is none. And the pastor then told her that she had held a grudge against someone for a very long time and the thing that she thinks is an ailment is not a disease but the grudge itself. “So No matter how long we pray for you, if you don’t forgive that person and get rid of that grudge, God won’t heal you. are you ready to forgive him?” They ask her but she said she wasn’t ready so they dismissed her.
    Repentance is something that we need to make a habit. Let’s look deep within ourselves and ask if there is some sin that we have been carrying around and have not repented for. For God is forgiving, He will forgive us.
    I loved your post Manu💙💙thank you for sharing and God bless you

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    1. Wow thank you for sharing that story. Holding onto grudges and anger can truly rot the soul.
      I so agree with you that repentance is something by we should do more readily otherwise we do not let Go of the sin and let God work in us. This part of David’s story is a reminder that we can always approach the Lord and seek His forgiveness when we falter.
      Thank you Saron for sharing your thoughts. It is much appreciated 🤗
      Blessings to you too my friend 💙

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  6. I like to dwell on this part of the story, as I do on Peter’s denial of Christ, because it reminds me that, no matter how badly we behave, there is a way back. King David’s reaction to the recognition of his sin is touching. If even King David could mess up so badly, there is truly hope for us all.

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    1. I couldn’t agree more. It reminds us that we can always turn back to Christ and seek his forgiveness. You are so right that His reaction is so touching.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🤗
      Blessings 💙

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  7. David is awesome to study take a moment to read 2 Samuel 7 so powerful also before you read it take some time to listen to the new song by Needtobreathe who am I it will bring even more insight to reading

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    1. Oh wow! That song is just so touching and humbling and to read 2 Samuel 7 with the backdrop of those words in the song does indeed make one think who am I to be loved by Him like that.
      That unconditional love is so hard to completely grasp but we know it to be true.
      Thank you again for sharing this.
      Blessings to you 🙂

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  8. Another encouraging post, dear. I enjoyed reading it 😊.

    God is always near, no matter what our circumstances or situations are telling us. Nothing can separate us from his love because God’s love endures forever.

    Yet, it is important for us to always seek him above everything, and turn away from our sins.

    May we become like David in our daily pursuit of God. ‘A man after God’s own heart’

    Thank you, dear, for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much Marie
      It is such a comfort to know that God loves us so much and is patient and forgiving when we falter.
      But true repentance is needed from our end.
      May we indeed seek the Lord always.
      Always appreciate your thoughts 🤗
      Blessings my dear 💙

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  9. This so reminds me of a parent and child relationship (as it should since we who belong to God are His children. ) It’s such a good reminded that God disciples the ones He loves. It’s also a goodd reminder that children are supposed to be obedient to there parents. That includes our Father God. May we be submissive children of God and lean into Him as opposed to being tempted by the things that aren’t right for us. And when we veer from the path, may we see and accept our false steps and turn from our wicked ways. Definitely not light or easy thoughts, but it’s the truth that sets us free. Thanks for sharing the complete story Manu.

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  10. Phew!!!
    You teach well.

    “But walking outside of God’s will starts with us not bothering to inquire of the Lord and placing our desires above HIS.” This is so true. I love this study of David’s actions, had never considered it in this light…

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    1. That is so true Renee, it reminds us that it is ok to turn to God when we stumble and we can move ahead once we get to that place of repentance and forgiveness from God.
      Thank you Renee 💙

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  11. I have read this part of the Bible many times, and as I get to this chapter in David’s life, I always think, “Can I just stop here?”
    Like you, I don’t know if moments like Uriah’s subtle rebuke occurred to David at the time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they all came flooding back to him when Nathan confronted him the moment he said, “YOU are the man.”

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    1. I think David might have mentally revisited what he could have done differently. It serves as a caution for next time but also not a good place to dwell on always otherwise it is hard to move on and accept God’s forgiveness.
      Thank you 😊

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  12. It is easy to rationalize what we are doing and to place our desires above God’s. It starts with small steps, which leads to larger temptations, and the devil is always waiting and encouraging us to slip. It is important to reach out to God daily and to listen for His direction. 🦋🌼🌺

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  13. I enjoyed this. Truthfully speaking, with every assumption that one makes can lead him/her on a path of unknown….. It’s better not to lean on our understanding but on the promises of the Lord. This I learnt from your post. Thanks dear. Keep moving forward.

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