2 Samuel 12:13 “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.”
The First Law of Holes states, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging”. We often find ourselves in “holes” of our own making, things that we have done, or poor decisions we have made. So, the question is, how do we get out of the holes we dig? We find the solution to David’s problem here in 2 Samuel 12.
In verse 13, we see that David ACCEPTED HIS FAILURE. God’s desire for reconciliation does not outweigh His ability to overlook our rebellion to Him. We must confront our behavior and call it out for what it is, SIN. The word “confess or confession” is used fifty-four times in Scripture, so God obviously puts a strong value on accepting our own failures. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Never ruin an apology with an excuse”. In verse 18, we see that David ACCEPTS GOD’S JUDGEMENT. God, in the verse, decides to take the wife of his child born to Bathsheba. At times, we pass judgement on God’s judgement on us or those around us. It is not our responsibility to argue what God has decide to bring about in our life, whether by punishment or by trial. His ways are not our ways. Psalms tells us that His ways are righteous and true. God is our all-knowing Father, who constantly has our best in mind. His correction to us is an outward showing of His love for us.
In verse 24, we see that David ACCEPTED GOD’S FORGIVENESS. The purpose of the Gospel is the forgiveness of sin. God’s theme through the Scriptures is to join the hearts of mankind to the love of our Creator. We see God’s forgiveness to David through the birth of his son Solomon. If there is hope for the murderer, the thief and adultery, then there is hope for us when we find ourselves in a hole.
We must deal with the HOLES in our life. Let’s put our shovels down, and start following David’s example to filling them in.