A Fresh Start
Is there hope for one that makes a mess of his life? Moses murdered a man? Jonah ran the opposite direction from God's command? David committed murder and adultery? Peter denied the Lord three times and said to others, "I never knew him?" Let's look at one of these individuals.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray everyday, forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Nobody in this side of heaven is righteous, no not one. We all have our hick-ups and hang-ups and setbacks in our walk and journey with God.
When my first child Danielle starting taking her first steps to walk, she fell down again and again. What do you think I did? Would I push her aside and say, forget it child, you never will walk? Not a chance, I picked her up and said, "Come on Danielle you can come to daddy." Oh, by the way, she did and yes she did walk.
David had won many victories in his journey with God. With the help of the Lord he killed a bear, a lion, a giant, and stayed alive while Saul's raging jealousy was out of control. Years later, King David chose to stay home while the kings went to war.
David didn't see it coming, while out on his balcony, his heart got out of line by lusting after a beautiful woman bathing in his line of sight. Would he turn away from the temptation to lust or would he take it to the next level?
David sends for her and takes her into his bedchambers and sleeps with her. David no doubt felt the guilt of his sin. He later finds out that she is pregnant, so he takes a step to cover up his evil actions.
He has her husband Uriah brought home from the battlefield for a short space to be with his wife, but he refuses to sleep with her out of respect of his peers on the battlefield. He then has her husband placed out on the front lines and he is killed in battle. He now thinks nobody will find out.
The prophet of God Nathan reveals to David, you have sinned and you will be judged for your actions. It would have been easy to attempt one more cover up, but David says, Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy mercies blot out my transgressions.
David possibly spent nine months dealing with his guilt and his cover up. This man was a miserable man as he expresses, "My bones waxed old through my roarings all the night long." He sounds like one miserable man to me.
That's not the end of the story. David confesses his sins and God forgives David and begins a new process of restoration in his life. David suffers great consequences for his actions, but God buries his sins in the sea of forgetfulness and give him a fresh new start with life.
It's important to remember failure is not final. When God gets involved in your heart, old things pass away and all things become new. Like John Maxwell once said; "When you fall down get up, and Oh, by the way, pick up something while your down there." David did get up and became a man after God's own heart.
Get up friend; God is the person who will give you a fresh start, and yes He still says; "Come on you can take another step." His mercies are fresh and new each and every morning.
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