“And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.”2 Samuel 12:13 KJV
What is a sin? Sin is missing the mark. It’s rebellion and disobedience against God.
God’s Word is a lamp for our feet and a light on our path. A lamp and a light removes darkness. Darkness cannot exist if there’s a lamp or a light. Reading the Bible removes hidden and dark areas in our lives. The opposite is also true – if we don’t make the time to read God’s Word, we will continue to live in rebellion and disobedience against our Creator God.
It’s sad and it crushes our heart when our own children walk in disobedience and rebelliousness, but as adults …have we ever stopped long enough to consider how our Heavenly Father feels about us when we choose to walk in rebelliousness and disobedience against Him.
Here in the verse above we see David after committing a willful disobedience to God, declares to the prophet Nathan “I have sinned against God.” When we miss the mark in our own lives, not if we miss the mark…one thing we must avoid is making excuses or trying to rationalize our sins. Taking full responsibility for our wrong is pleasing to God. The fact or the truth is – when we sin, we always sin against God only.
Sin is more expensive than we will ever try to calculate. Sin separates us from God, and then we question where is God when faced with a difficult situation.
Sin hardens the heart, and at the moment of making that decision to sin – we don’t stop long enough to count the cost nor do we care about the consequences. Once we begin to imagine how nice it would be to give in, the temptation has a foothold that will grow into a full blown sin. Sin always leads to death – death of a marriage, death of a family and death of relationship with God. Sin is costly.
One of the first step in the war against sin is to make up our mind that the answer must be ‘no’.. God always provides a way out, but we have to want to go with God.
God’s grace is able to get around His own plan for punishment. God’s grace is available to all who recognizes when they have missed the mark. Nathan told David, “The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.”
Knowledge removes ignorance just as light removes darkness. The choice is always ours, but the consequence is never an option. They go together like a combo.
The answer to the voice of temptation must always be “no.”