“I’m Not That Bad”

Ponder: 2 Sam. 11, 12; Ps. 51

“The person who sins will die” (Ezek 18:20a NASU).

When David sinned with Bethsheba, who was the wife of another man, he never considered the consequences until she became pregnant.  Her husband, Uriah, was a soldier in David’s army, and at war with the Ammonites.

David sought to cover up his sin by bringing Uriah home for some R and R, hoping to convince Uriah in time that the baby was his.  But it backfired on David since the idealistic soldier refused to enjoy the time with his wife while his fellow soldiers were putting their lives on the line.  Even after several attempts, David realized his plan had failed and issued a death sentence for Uriah.  He was sent back and the general, Joab,  put him on the front line and during the heat of the battle had the other men pull back making it inevitable that Uriah would be killed by an enemy’s arrow. The devious design worked.

David considered the exposure of his deed worse than the deed itself.  He was willing to kill a man to cover his tracks.  We may think David was worse than the worst, but I wonder if we had his power and position would that corrupt us as it has so many others like him?

A point worth taking is that we all tend to exaggerate the sins of others and minimize our own. We often do this by exaggerating the good in our lives. David was ready to kill a man who stole a lamb to feed his guest. The Pharisee, in Jesus’ parable, complimented himself on the good in his life, but never once confessed sin.  He saw himself better than the tax collector whose sins were more obvious (Lk. 18:9-14).   

As bad as David’s sin was, he was reachable.  His conscience was eating on him as Psalm 51 proves.  It took the word of God from the prophet to finally bring him to total repentance.  We, too, need to look at the word and be convicted of personal sin.  

So, the next time we start rationalizing that we aren’t that bad, let’s be honest with ourselves.  We deceive ourselves by pointing to, what we consider, people worse than us and congratulating ourselves for not being that bad.   In actuality, we don’t deceive the Lord.  

Like David, the Lord will reach out to us to bring us back to Him. Will we take His hand?

Hymn:  “Sinners Jesus Will Receive”

Dear Father, may Your word have a powerful effect on our souls so that we will turn from sin and find forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA