1 Chronicles 21:8 Admission Of Doing Wrong

Hands in prayer

Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” 1 Chronicles 21:8 

Doing something wrong or foolish does happen. People make bad choices at times in their lives. Leaders make mistakes and make bad choices. It is a common thing to occur among all people, everywhere.

When a bad choice is made, most people attempt to ignore the mistake, hoping it will just go away. They do not want to it be made known. If it is found out, often people will attempt to cover it up, excuse it or blame someone else. Very few people want to take the blame for anything they have done wrong.

However, excuses, blame or covering something up does not remove what has occurred. The action is still there and often there are consequences to the action that was done.

David had chosen to count the number of men able to fight in the nation of Israel. This was a census that God had told them to not ever take. It went against God’s commands. Immediately upon his taking that census, God sent a prophet to deal with David. David immediately admitted that he was wrong to God and begged for forgiveness and removal of the sin.

Admitting one was wrong can be difficult. No one likes to be wrong or told they are wrong. Yet, people do make wrong decisions and wrong actions. The first step in clearing up the wrong is admitting what was done. Then making amends to fix the wrong done.

While men may be fooled with excuses and blaming, God sees everything that was done. He cannot be fooled. God is not standing there ready to just strike when one makes a mistake, but is there to help bring change and forgiveness.

There will be times that you will make a choice to sin against God. You will do things that will make God angry. Instead of trying to excuse it away or blame it on someone or something else, admit the wrong. Go before God and seek His mercy and forgiveness.

Jesus came to take away your guilt and sin. His goal is to cleanse you and make you right before God, not to punish you and strike you down. Don’t hide your sin, but admit it and fall into the hands of a merciful, loving God. He is there for you.

I pray today that you will know the mercy of God; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers you; that God will help you to make the right choices in life; and that you will live your life serving God. 

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2 Samuel 11:2-3 Going To Far

Apple and snake

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 2 Samuel 11:2-3 

Temptations are something that every person has to face. It is something that cannot be avoided. What a person does with that temptation, however, is a choice.

The world does not believe in sin, so they are willing to do anything and everything, every time an opportunity opens up the door. Most people will not think twice about doing something, regardless of what it is, when the door is opened for them.

David had stayed home from the battles and was out one evening looking around. From his roof he saw a woman bathing and she was beautiful. Immediately he sent to find out about her. This woman was Bathsheba. In the end he sleeps with her and she gets pregnant.

When David had seen her, he had a choice to make–to turn his eyes away or keep looking. He chose to keep looking and to find out who she was. Then he had another choice to make–to leave her alone or do something with her. Again, he chose the wrong path and slept with her, causing many problems.

Every believer meets up with temptations and choices to be made. Often, like David, believers will keep looking at the temptation, not immediately doing anything, but playing with the thought. As they hold onto those thoughts, the temptation gets stronger and the chance of making the right choice lessens. Many will then fall into the trap of sin.

Allowing the temptation to play in the mind, is allowing oneself to go to far. It allows the temptation to grow. This is with any temptation, not just sexual sins as David did.

There will come a time when a temptation rises up to face you. You will begin to have choices to make. You can continue to look at the temptation and allow it to rise in power. Or you can immediately turn away and flee the temptation.

The longer you look, the less likely you will make the choice. Do not allow yourself to go to far and make the wrong choice. Turn your eyes and thoughts onto God and seek His strength to overcome the temptation.

I pray today that you will keep your eyes on God; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you to make the right choices; that you will turn to God for strength; and that you will honor God with your life and choices.