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The Burden of Guilt

The Burden of Guilt! How do we get there?

In 2 Samuel 11, we find a famous passage about David and Bathsheba. From the passage, we can conclude that there’s nothing new under the sun. It was springtime, the time when kings go out to battle. David was king of Israel at the time. One would think he’d be out in battle too but no, he wasn’t. David had sent Joab and his servants but he had remained at Jerusalem. 

One evening, David was walking on the roof of the king’s house and he saw a beautiful woman bathing. David sent and inquired about the woman, who she sent for and lay with her. The woman was called Bathsheba. Bathsheba got pregnant and informed David. David must have panicked. He plotted to hide evidence that he was responsible for Bathsheba’s pregnancy. He called for Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, from the war and asked him to go to his house and there followed by a present from David. Now when David found out that Uriah didn’t go to his house he confronted him and from Uriah’s response, we see such a faithful servant. “Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.” – 2 Samuel 11:11

David sought another way and this was to plan for Uriah’s murder. Imagine!!! Meanwhile in all of this, we see no communication between David and God. All he was focused on was getting out of his sin but it only got worse. How faithful was Uriah that even when the king, David gave him a letter to give to Joab organising for his murder, he didn’t read it but delivered it safely to Joab. Uriah was put to the front line and then murdered. Joab sent a messenger to deliver the “awaited news” to David. On learning of the death of Uriah, David sent for Bathsheba and took her as a wife but in all of the above, the Lord was displeased. 

Many of us learn of David’s story and we could conclude that we are not that bad, intense or even evil but is that the case? For sure, the heart can be very cruel when God’s spirit and fear are not in it. And so, I’d like to believe that we are capable of anything as long as we are not under the influence of the Holy Spirit. I’d like us to reflect. Like David, sometimes instead of attending to duty, we get side tracked and in those moments, temptations come our way. David was at ease and unguarded. Prior to that incident, David was surrounded by victories and as the spirit of prophecy rightly puts it, it was the spirit of self-confidence and self exaltation that prepared for David’s fall. Because of the custom of the surrounding nations, “Crimes not to be tolerated in subjects were uncondemned in the king” PP 717.2. And yet for Israel, we know that they were all subject to God’s law and it is the same for us today. Like the devil used that opportunity to occupy David’s mind, he still does the same today to awaken in us all evil and selfish desires of our carnal nature. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.

The work of the enemy is not abrupt; it is not, at the outset, sudden and startling; it is a secret undermining of the strongholds of principle. It begins in apparently small things—the neglect to be true to God and to rely upon Him wholly, the disposition to follow the customs and practices of the world”. PP 717.2. It always starts with a small lie, gossip, envy and all the other evil vices we’re capable of and how many people are hurt at the end of story if the matter is even ever resolved. 

We know that David had trusted God in all his previous struggles, when fighting Goliath, when he was being sought by Saul, and many other encounters. What happened in this case? He was filled with guilt and couldn’t even ask for repentance. A man who before was after God’s own heart, now dishonor awaited him. And so he sought to deal with the whole situation but all in vain. I’m sure most of us have had a share of the burden of guilt. We know it is not a nice feeling but there’s one who rids us of it and that is Jesus Christ, the son of God. In David’s Psalms 32 and 51, we see sincere repentance and remorse from David to God  and at the end of his story we see God’s grace and mercy towards him which is also available for all of us if we would only humble ourselves with a contrite spirit. 

David received forgiveness but had to suffer the consequences of his sin. But even then, David spent the rest of his life in repentance and his connection with God became stronger. He indeed was transformed. For anyone dealing with guilt, remember Christ died for your sins. Like David received a message from the prophet, Nathan in 2 Samuel 12:13, Christ is telling you that He has put away your sin, you shall not die because He died on your behalf. How comforting! I will end with 1 John 2:1-2 “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world”. This is the good news. I pray you’ll accept the perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ through whom we are made perfect. God bless! 

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Joshua Kats

April 15, 2022

Amen and Amen. So encouraging! There was hope for a reconnection with God for David, and so it is for us.

Thanks alot for sharing👏

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Lauretta

April 15, 2022

You’re welcome! Thanks for your time.

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Kaddu Aaron Muzira

April 15, 2022

Powerful article for someone to miss. Thank you Laureta

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Lauretta

April 15, 2022

You’re welcome Aaron! Thank you for your time.

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