The story of David and Bathsheba is one of the most tragic in the whole Bible. David, a hero we’re all rooting for, sleeps with a married woman, gets her pregnant, and kills her husband in order to cover his tracks. It’s hard to read this story and not wonder what went wrong. After all, David was the man after God’s own heart, the chosen king for Israel; the one from whom Jesus would eventually descend. But all of the favor of God was placed aside when David chose sin over faithfulness. Rather than keeping his eyes on the Lord and what God had planned for his life, David looked at sin and found it more desirable than his relationship with God. The Bible tells us in 2 Samuel 12:13 that Nathan, a prophet, confronted David about his sin and David responded humbly:
“David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”
God did not have to give David the chance to repent; God could’ve left David to his sin. Instead, God lovingly brought David’s sin into the light and David’s response to God’s kindness was to repent and confess his sin to God. Nathan then informs David that God has forgiven him and “put away” his sin. David yet continues as king, and he’s reconciled to God once again. God continues to use David, bless David’s lineage, and eventually, brings forth Jesus.
Because Jesus came to the Earth, died on the cross, and took on the wrath of God that all our sin deserved, we can know that when we take our eyes off of God and choose what is less than Him, we too are forgiven and made right with God again. Only a relationship with Jesus can do this. This year, whether you’re entering 2019 with a lot of hope or maybe even some shame or fear, know that there is nothing too great that God can’t forgive and it is God’s love that calls us to repentance, and the sacrifice of Jesus that makes us right with our Father.