Denial never saves us, it only delays us. Nicole Dees
One of my favorite people God made sure we got to know in His Word is David.
David first got to know God as the youngest of the many sons in his family. The one who was relegated to tending sheep, out of sight. An artsy lad, He loved to worship God, and this must have driven those who only saw him on the surface to relegate him to the background.
But God saw him, and was sure to have him called into the forefront, guided him to defeat the biggest enemy of his day (Goliath) with a few stones, a sling and a declaration of faith which stirs our hearts when we read it.
And David knew God was with him. Because they knew each other quite well, which was I believe why God had David get to know Him in the lonely places out on his own, and tending sheep. He was preparing His choice for king.
And David seemed to be God’s man in every way, except for one. He had a thing for beautiful women, even though he was first married to Michal, Saul’s daughter. (1 Sam 25:39-43, 2 Sam 5:13) David was enjoying the earthly king tradition of collecting wives and concubines.
Until he spotted Bathsheba. A married woman who caught his eye when he was wondering on his rooftop, instead of being with his troops on the war front. Where he should have been.
David refused to tell himself know, and took Bathsheba into his bed.
And she got pregnant.
Instead of dealing with his sin, David tried to cover it up and deny his wrongdoing by trying to get Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband to sleep with his wife while on leave from the front.
And good honorable Uriah wouldn’t allow himself to do so while the country was at war.
So David arranged to have him killed on the war front, so he could legally cover up his conduct. (2 Sam 11:26-27)
Denying our wrongdoings isn’t really a cover-up, when God sees all and knows our hearts, is it?
In his desire to look right, David forgot to get right with the One who matters most.
It wasn’t until the prophet Nathan was sent to expose David’s sin that we see David take ownership of his actions, and accept the consequences.
He got the girl, but lost the firstborn son they shared.
There are three things I noticed about David after this incident.
- He knew God loved him, even though he had done wrong.
- He went in and comforted Bathsheba, and she became pregnant with the future king God had planned to take the throne after David, Solomon.
- I don’t see mention that David married more women after this chapter.
What I learned from these verses has impacted me greatly.
Our wrongdoings aren’t really hidden by our denial. The consequences may just be delayed.
And all together, the consequence that matters the most was the death of Christ for our wrongdoings on the cross.
Because we can never fully pay off our negative account without His intervention.
And He is waiting to help us face what we have done, accept our part in it, clean us from our sin, and walk beside us as we set about making things right the way He would have us do.
When one characteristic is overlooked when we examine ourselves, it like in the case of David, can have far reaching consequences.
David’s children from so many women were either out of control, plotting against him, or following his negative example.
One died trying to unthrone him, one raped an unwilling participant, and one had the most wives and concubines recorded in the Word.
With the cross, we can now bring our denials and wrong doings to God, and ask Him to remove the negative consequences out of our bloodline.
For His blood denies the enemy access when we invite Him to do so in an area we have previously denied or overlooked.
May we refuse to deny what we know to be true, and press in close for His freedom and guidance when we face our sin by His side.