David got into a tight place with God when he schemed to get Bathsheba by setting her husband in front of the line of battle. Unlike David, I don’t remember a time when I felt squeezed between my guilt and God like when he let down his moral guard and slept with Bathsheba. She became pregnant, and instead of ‘fessing up to his sin, he eventually had Bathsheba’s husband killed in battle. Unfortunately, David experienced extreme punishment when the son he had with Bathsheba died. However, God “gave him room” to redeem himself and sent him the son we know as wise Solomon.
Two wrongs never make a right. However, when I get lost while driving in a strange community, I figure if I keep making right or left hand turns I’ll return to the place I started. That works okay unless I run into one of the many mountain in Phoenix and need to make a choice –right or left.
When we sin, it’s better to go to whomever was sinned against and to God and ask for forgiveness than experience double trouble. And, if you are like David and sinned again, God will give you a second chance to turn yourself around and walk in his grace. Our God is an amazing God.
Thank you, Lord, for the power of your forgiveness. Amen.