Friday, September 6th
By: Frank Nigh
Forgiveness is essential for each of us. After we repent and are forgiven, we are to move on as David did after his sins with Bathsheba and Uriah.
More clearly than I can, Author Tim Gustafson explains this in Our Daily Bread, www.odb.org, on August 7 entitled “Back in the Battle.” His text is in italics. My emphasis is bold.
We all live with regrets—some of them quite terrible. But the Bible shows us a way through the guilt. Let’s look at one example.
There’s no sugarcoating what King David did. It was the time “when kings go off to war,” but “David remained in Jerusalem” (2 Samuel 11:1). Away from the battle, he stole another man’s wife and tried to cover it up with murder (vv. 2-5, 14-15). God stopped David’s downward plunge (12:1-13), but the king would live the rest of his life with the knowledge of his sins.
While David was rising from the ashes, his general, Joab, was winning the battle David should have been leading (12:26). Joab challenged David, “Now muster the rest of the troops and besiege the city and capture it” (v. 28). David finally got back to his God-appointed place as the leader of his nation and his army (v. 29).
When we permit our past to crush us, in effect we’re telling God His grace isn’t enough. Regardless of what we’ve done, our Father extends His complete forgiveness to us.
We can find, as David did, grace enough to get back in the battle.
So, we are to repent, accept His forgiveness, and move into service. At this third step I have too often failed to move forward. David exhibits reluctance too. God uses Joab to prompt David back in his role. I rarely have a Joab type person holding me accountable. I must listen to our Lord to prompt and empower me into the action He wants me to take to glorify Him. As Paul wrote about the believer’s freedom in 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Father, may I always listen expecting You to prompt me how You want me to act to glorify You. Amen