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Our Second Chance God

OUR SECOND CHANCE GOD

By Carolyn Dale Newell

So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die…”

2 Samuel 11:13 NKJV

 

We flop. We flounder. We fail, and then we fall. Fall into sin. Never think we are above it because it slips upon us.

It was the spring of the year when kings go out to war, but King David remained in his palace. That’s the flop. As he strolled upon his rooftop one evening, he saw Beautiful Bathsheba bathing on her roof. King David floundered.

His failure began as he inquired about this lovely woman. When he learned she was married, David continued down the slippery slope of sin as he sent for her. Now, King David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) committed adultery, but it doesn’t end there. Our sins will catch up with us, even the secret ones.

Bathsheba sent word to David that she was pregnant. In hopes to cover up their transgression, David called Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, home from the battle. David hoped Uriah would go into his wife and then believe the unborn child was his. Noble Uriah refused to enter his house while his comrades were still fighting. Seeing no other way out, David wrote a letter to his commander, Joab, and he sent it with Uriah when he returned to war. Uriah never realized he carried his own death warrant. David had instructed Joab to place Uriah in the line of fire.

How did King David fail God, devising a murderous plot to cover up his sin? The same way we do. Some of us may not fall as far as David and Bathsheba, and some may fall further.

After Uriah’s death, David married Bathsheba, but their infant child died. Bad choices have consequences. This royal couple suffered the loss of a child, but God remembered Bathsheba.

God gives us second chances. He even gives us third and fourth chances. David and Bathsheba repented of their sins. God forgives. When we mess up, God doesn’t give up.

Bathsheba gave birth to five more children, and one of them was Solomon. He became king after his father, David died.

We find David and Bathsheba in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus Christ. Why? Because the Lord wants us to know He is a forgiving God. He wants us to know that when we mess up, He doesn’t give up. He wants us to know that failure occurs. But He will dust us off, clean us up, and give us a new start.

We live in bodies of flesh. Flesh that lusts. Flesh that gives into temptation. Isn’t it comforting to know God still loves us?

Heavenly Father, we strive for obedience, but at times, the flesh takes over. Lord, help us walk in the Spirit. Thank You that though we fall, the enemy does not have victory. Your love remains. Your mercies are renewed. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 2 Samuel 11:1-25.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Are you going through a time when you feel you have let God down? God offers you the same forgiveness and second chance He offered David and Bathsheba. Who can you share this story of redemption with today?

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

 

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Throwback Thursday: The Danger of Discouragement

THE DANGER OF DISCOURAGEMENT

 

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;

For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Psalm 9:10 (NKJV)

 

It was one of those days. It started with a phone call to the doctor to check on my test results. It had been nine days, and somebody forgot to tell me that I had an UTI. The next phone call was to the bank, and the bank teller couldn’t even tell me why my balance was short – once again. It went on from there. With each discouraging blow, like an ax to a tree, I began falling into despair.

 

I started going through my twitter feed, and I found the above verse from Psalms. How could I let little discouragements and disappointments get me down? However, Satan is clever, and he knows how to get to us. Of course, He must have permission from God, like he did with Job (Job 1:10). God may allow the temptation, but Paul said, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13). That verse was my way of escape.

 

I failed to keep my eyes on God, and I focused on the discouragement. When we do that, we are not trusting God to handle things. We start feeling sad and frustrated, but God is faithful, even when we are not. I fail to whole heartedly trust Him, but He has never forsaken me. Then I realized why it had all happened – so I could write about it and lift you up.

 

Friend, lets remind one another that we shouldn’t let these little things steal our joy. We know His name, and we will put our trust in Him.

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.