Today’s Reading 2 Samuel 12:11 – 2 Samuel 22:18
Nathan’s words to David that we talked about yesterday, changed David’s outlook and behavior. However, there were still lots of consequences for David’s actions. David’s family was going to implode. Their was going to be widening cracks apparent in the people of Israel as well. We see all this playing out in the chapters from today.
God forgives of that there is no doubt. What we need to understand is that often times our behavior carries with it consequences that we might not really want to deal with. So what do we do? How do we stop bad things from happening? How do we respond when faced with bad circumstances of our own doing?
Give Thanks – God is with us and will not leave us.
No matter what we are going through, God will be with us.This brings assurance and peace.
Evaluate – What decision of actions of ours have led to this circumstance
Understanding what brought us to this place can help us avoid certain decisions or actions in the future.
Respond – Pray and Act.
Bathe everything in prayer. Seek guidance from God. Follow that up with action. Do something. It does not have to be something to “fix” or “correct” anything. Just focus in on making some change.
We all make mistakes. We all do dumb things. The reality is we all need God to save us and often keep saving us from ourselves. Accepting that we are not perfect and accepting that we are not superheroes is an important step. Humbling ourselves before God and seeking guidance is an even better one.
Dear God…save me from me. Amen.