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Miranda Writes: Purposely Sinning for a Long Time—What to Do? Part 2




by Omar Miranda



Last week we looked at how consistently living with a secret sin deeply affected our relationships with ourselves, others, and ultimately, God. We briefly discussed the importance of understanding that choices have consequences, and that the only thing we can control are our choices, and never our consequences.

This week I’d like for us to look at what happens when we continually live in outright sin and rebellion against what we know to be true. I also want to look at David’s specific situation and how he got “busted” by God. Don’t ever forget something: If you continue living in sin, God will get your attention because He loves you. The only questions are When will it happen? How serious will it be? and What will be your response? Let’s see what happened with David, how serious it was and how he responded. Our goal is to see what we can learn from it so we don’t make—or so we stop making—the same stupid choices and mistakes in our own lives.

Before we look at the Scripture passage that tells the main story of David’s consequences, let’s get some perspective and context on the story. After restoring the nation of Israel to peace and great military power, David’s personal life becomes entangled in sin. He has committed adultery with a married woman named Bathsheba and gotten her pregnant. To cover things up, he has plotted and overseen the murder of her husband, a faithful soldier in David’s army. He has married Bathsheba, and God has sent the prophet Nathan to confront David about his sin. A year has passed since David masterminded the murder of his wife’s first—and rightful—husband. David thinks that the only three people who know about his sin are himself, his general who helped carry out the murder, and his now-wife, Bathsheba. But God knows as well. God always knows; you can’t hide anything from Him (Psalm 139:1-18). This is where we pick up the story (2 Samuel 12:1-14): “And he [God] sent Nathan the prophet to tell this story to David:

         “A rich man and a poor man lived in the same town. The rich man owned 
     a lot of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had only one little lamb that he
     had bought and raised. The lamb became a pet for him and his children. He
     even let it eat from his plate and drink from his cup and sleep on his lap.
     The lamb was like one of his own children.

         “One day someone came to visit the rich man, but the rich man didn’t
     want to kill any of his own sheep or cattle and serve it to the visitor. So he
     stole the poor man’s little lamb and served it instead.

“David was furious with the rich man and said to Nathan, ‘I swear by the living Lord that the man who did this deserves to die! And because he didn’t have any pity on the poor man, he will have to pay four times what the lamb was worth.’

“Then Nathan told David:

          “You are that rich man! Now listen to what the Lord God of Israel says to
      you: ‘I chose you to be the king of Israel. I kept you safe from Saul and
      even gave you his house and his wives. I let you rule Israel and Judah, and
      if that had not been enough, I would have given you much more. Why did
      you disobey me and do such a horrible thing? You murdered Uriah the
      Hittite by having the Ammonites kill him, so you could take his wife.

          “‘Because you wouldn’t obey me and took Uriah’s wife for yourself, your
      family will never live in peace. Someone from your own family will cause
      you a lot of trouble, and I will take your wives and give them to another man
      before your very eyes. He will go to bed with them while everyone looks on.
      What you did was in secret, but I will do this in the open for everyone in
      Israel to see.’

“David said, ‘I have disobeyed the Lord.’

“‘Yes, you have!’ Nathan answered. ‘You showed you didn’t care what the Lord wanted. He has forgiven you, and you won’t die. But your newborn son will.’”*
What a sad story! By the way, this is just the “beginning of the end” for David’s problems. It’s absolutely amazing how our problems compound when we decide to try to hide our sin and/or continue in it. Next week, we’ll continue our study and look at all the choices that David made; then we’ll look at the consequences of his choices. Remember what I said before: the only thing we can choose is our choices; after that it’s out of our hands.

After reading this story, I have some questions to ask you:

• Who are you in this story? Are you the prophet Nathan? Do you know someone who is living in purposeful, consistent sin or doing something they ought not do? What are you doing about it? Are you letting it slide, fooling yourself and saying that they’re OK or it’s not your problem?

• Or are you King David? Have you sinned and are you hiding your sin? Are you holding on to some “cherished sin”? Have you confessed your sin? If you’ve confessed your sin, have you repented of your sin? The depth of your consequences and your relationship with God will depend upon the honesty of your answers.

I hope you’re learning a lot from David’s story. Nothing good ever comes from living a life of consistent, purposeful practiced sin. In the end, the only thing that you’re sure to get is separation from God, which comes with problems . . . lots of problems.

You don’t have to wait until next week to confess and repent of your sins. You can have that “all over clean feeling” of joy and peace and reconnection with God right now. Don’t wait.

If you want to bone up for next week’s study, take a look at 2 Samuel 11–19 to see what kind of choices David made and the consequences that came with them—here’s a clue: none of them was very good.
Until next time, remember these things: God’s way is always the best way. Life is full of decisions, so make yours good ones. Put God first in your life, and you can’t go wrong.

Feel free to contact me: you can e-mail me at omarmiranda@earthlink.net; or you can keep up with me on Facebook; or you can read more of my stuff on Miranda Writes, at www.insightmagazine.org; or you can check me out or send me a message at my Web site, thriveatlife.org; or you can reach me via snail mail (slow!) at the address printed below.

In Christ,
Omar Miranda, certified Christian counselor
Abundant Life Ministries
155 Earl Street
Plainville, GA 30733
Phone: 1-770-354-2912

*Scripture quotations in this article are from the Contemporary English Version. Copyright © American Bible Society 1991, 1995. Used by permission.

Omar Miranda is a Christian counselor with 20 years’ experience working with youth in public and private middle and high schools. He’s married and has two kids. He enjoys teaching the youth at his church, reading, writing, gardening, and camping. He’s a recovering knucklehead who spent a lot of time in the past doing stupid stuff away from God. He’s been back with God for years now and is eager to share what he’s learned from his experiences by answering any questions you may have about life, the Christian life, Jesus, spiritual matters, and relationships in his column, Miranda Writes.





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