Thursday, December 21 – 2 Samuel 11:14-17
So in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. He had written in the letter the following: “Station Uriah on the front line of the fiercest battle and pull back from him, so that he may be struck and killed.” So it was as Joab kept watch on the city, that he stationed Uriah at the place where he knew there were valiant men. And the men of the city went out and fought against Joab, and some of the people among David’s servants fell; and Uriah the Hittite also died.
At some time or another, you have probably thought, “I am in too deep.” We say or think this at moments when we are in a place we never thought we would be but have arrived due to many small decisions made along the way. In this passage, David was surely in too deep. In all his attempts to cover up his sin, he still came up short and ultimately had a man murdered in hopes of covering his sin. We know that two wrongs don’t make a right, but sin deceives us and leads us to bad decisions when we try to hide. We want to excuse or not deal with sin, often hoping it will just go away. But sin only leads to more sin if it is not submitted before Jesus for Him to redeem and restore.
Only in Jesus is the cycle of sin stopped. First Peter 2:22-25 says, “He who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being abusively insulted, He did not insult in return; while suffering, He did not threaten, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself brought our sins in His body up on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.” At Christmas, we celebrate the newborn King whose His birth began our redemption. His sinless life means we can be made new and don’t have to try and cover our sins. He is our Shepherd and Guardian of our souls when we face temptation.
- How have you seen sin lead to more sin in your life?
- Why are you thankful for Jesus this Christmas?
- Pray and thank God for how He’s made redemption possible through Jesus.