Storm Damage • Devotion #4: David’s Demise and the Depth of Sin’s Damage
Matt Hatton | Student Ministries Director
Yesterday God showed us in His Word that there are, without a doubt, immediate consequences of our sin. Sometimes they are small and sometimes they are compared with being near to death in the middle of a raging storm. Whatever they may look like, sin has its effects on our lives, and the lives of others right here and right now. God not only warns us about the consequences of sin, but He shows us examples of what happens when we do sin, He shows us the depth of its damage, He gives us a chance to learn the easy way!
David was a great king, a godly upright man, fearless leader, and is even described as “a man after Gods own heart.” However, we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. Through David’s sin, we see the depth of sin’s consequences, but we can also learn from it. If you have never read 2 Samuel 11-12 you NEED to before you read any further. If you have read 2 Samuel 11-12 you NEED to read it again before you read any further! To make a long story short, David gives into his temptation and sins.
“It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, ‘Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?’ So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, ‘I am pregnant’” (2 Samuel 11:2-5).
The depth of the damage of sin did not end at ruining the heart of Bathsheba and dragging her into his lust. Bathsheba had a husband as well. Uriah was a courageous upright man who was out in battle. David was going to be in trouble if he did not do something to cover up his sin. His sin led to lying and deception. David sent to bring Uriah back home and spend time with his wife hoping that they would lay together, but Uriah being an upright man did not feel he deserved to be home when his fellow soldiers were out at war. Now how was David going to cover his tracks? The lying and deception did not work, so David resorted to murder.
“In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. In the letter he wrote, ‘Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die’” (2 Samuel 11:14-15).
Sin escalates rapidly. It went from David being lazy, to lust, to adultery, to lying, and then to murder. The sins that David committed had not only harmed him but also damaged the lives of many others. Those damaged were Bathsheba, Joab, servants, Uriah, and now a child! Unfortunately, the effects of sin did not end there. Even after David had repented, the child had died. Sin digs deep. The damage is great and will eventually lead to death!
James 1:15 says it like this, “then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”
Do we think about the depth of sin’s damage before we sin? Do we think about the consequences when we lie to cover our tracks? Pray for God to keep you from sinning, so you do not have to experience the damage it can cause! Repent and pray for God to repair the damage that has already been caused!