Friday, December 22 – 2 Samuel 11:26-27
Now when Uriah’s wife heard that her husband Uriah was dead, she mourned for her husband. When the time of mourning was over, David sent servants and had her brought to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.
Outside of Christ, many people try to do good things to help keep a clear conscience and peace in life. We put band-aids on our sins and struggles, thinking those quick fixes will be enough. But sin creates deep wounds we can never heal on our own. Imagine a person with a broken leg or a major gash trying to cover his or her wound with an ordinary bandage. What would happen? The wound would likely get infected, the pain would become intolerable, and the leg, if not set correctly, would suffer irreversible damage. David tried to put a small band-aid on his sin, marrying the one he had the affair with. But even in his best attempts, he could not hide from God.
First John 1:8-10 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” It is only when we confess our sins to God that we are cleansed from all unrighteousness. We can try to put on a show for everyone else, but we cannot hide our sin from God. Let’s celebrate Him this Christmas by being honest about our sin and need of Him instead of deceiving ourselves by seeking to live in our own power.
- When have you tried to be good on your own power? What was the result?
- Do you have a habit of confessing your sins to God? What makes this challenging?
- Pray and ask God to reveal any sin in your heart.