When I was in 5th grade, I was attending a school in Mankato, MN in which I had few friends. The big draw during recess was tether ball (Google it). On one cold day, the school bully was playing against a kid that I considered a friend. My friend won and the bully started pushing him around, because he didn’t want to leave the game. I piped up and told him to leave my friend alone. The response was for the bully to push me. Without thinking, I punched him twice in the right eye. He ran away crying. I remember throughout the day thinking every announcement over the intercom was going to be the moment I was called to the principle’s office to pay for my transgression. I was in a prison cell of guilt for my deed & although I hoped no one would find out, I feared the penalty if I got caught.
David had to be feeling this exact same way during the year that followed his destructive act with Bathsheba & subsequent murder of Uriah. Did you catch that? David had around a year to confess his sins to God! Instead, David chose to sweep his sins under the rug in hopes of keeping them secret rather than asking God to forgive them.
God responded to David’s resistance to confess by sending Nathan to interact with the king. Nathan gives David a story that deeply connects to David’s emotions. The story is about a rich guy taking a poor guys lamb as his own because he didn’t want to use his own flock to feed a stranger. Read the story here (2 Samuel 12:1-4).
As the story progresses, you can just feel David fuming over someone taking advantage of another in such a cowardice and heartless way. Compound this with the possibility that David may have welcomed the opportunity to focus on someone else’s sin and judge them instead of hearing his own sin echo through his head. (I know for me when I am in sin, it is much easier to sit in judgment and hand out sentences for others that I would not want for myself). So how does David respond? He is so outraged by the story that he declares that the rich guy deserves to die! Something the Law of Moses does not call for in this situation, but the king was blinded & responding emotionally.
Then comes a statement from Nathan that become a turning point in David’s life. The words Nathan spoke on behalf of God…You David, You King David, You Adulterer, You Murderer…YOU ARE THE MAN! The rich man in the story I just told you that made your blood boil & your anger unleash, that rich man is YOU!
In today’s world it would seem that consequences for our action is a thing of the past. That as long as you have a good reason (or excuse) you should not have to endure punishment for that action. We would love to think that there is no accounting for the mistakes we make. However, this chapter in 2 Samuel pointedly shows that there are consequences for our sin & David is no exception. Nathan explains the punishment from God that David will endure and it is a hefty price!
What is the sin that David has committed? Obviously the sin is adultery, murder & cover-up. Look at what God says to David though in 2 Samuel 12:7-8 it may be part of an even bigger picture. God paints the imagery of provision that He has given to David: I anointed you king, I delivered you from Saul, I gave you his house, I gave his wives to you, I gave you the house of Israel & Judah…I did this for you. I have given you everything you have, everything you needed & it is all good. But then God follows up with this game changer: “And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.”
David, if you didn’t have everything you needed, I would have given it to you! If what I wanted to do in your life wasn’t resourced enough, I would have added to it. If the people around you had needed you to have something else to be a blessing to them, I would have provided it! In other words, My provision is enough!
This is the same concept that Adam and Eve struggled with isn’t it? Eat of any tree, but that one…My provision is enough stay within it! In a lot of ways, that is a definition of sin: leaving God’s provision for something that is not from God. In essence, telling God what He offers or has given is wrong, inadequate or not good-putting ourselves in position of higher understanding then God…which is absurd, but that is what we do!
Sin has consequences. Huge consequences and we need to be real about those consequences. David and his family pay a huge price for his sin. Hopefully, we can learn from the mistakes of David so we do not repeat the mistakes that the king made.
How do we do that? We need to anchor our lives in Scripture, prayer & fellowship. Without a close connection to God & other believers pushing us towards God, we stray- we move to something that is not from God and are snared in its trap. Scripture needs to anchor our existence & daily applied it to our life. This is how we can live in a way that shows God’s provision is enough.
So the question we should each ask is does your life tell a story that God is not enough? Does it call out to the world that His provision is inadequate? Or do does it trumpet to the nations that the God of the universes has given us everything we need to carry out His purpose for our lives…& if it had been too little, He would have given us even more?