TUESDAY 14 June, 2016
Solace in God’s Sovereignty
But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse, because the Lordhas said to him, ‘Curse David.’ Who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’” - 2 Samuel 16:10
David gave a quick rebuke to his men. He thought to himself, “Maybe the Lord did tell him to curse me?” So he permitted him to curse. Notice David’s attitude of love and humility. I believe David still felt guilt over his sin with Bathsheba. He had a sense that he was reaping from his sin and allowed Shimei to continue to rant. David took these consequences to heart but took solace in God’s sovereignty.
David was like us––a sinner. Even though God forgave him he always carried about his guilt. The thoughts of guiltiness are hard to get rid of especially when you know you failed. Have you ever felt like David? Do you think in your mind––“this is happening all because of me?”
Perhaps you are carrying your guilt; even to the point of allowing others to say whatever they want. Read the Scriptures and be comforted. God can place loyal people to come alongside you. They will be a support when others come against you. These friends love you and are zealous to protect and watch over you.
Christians sometimes have a hard time moving forward when they have failed and fallen into sin. But they need to realize that God has forgiven them. First John 1:9 frees anyone stifled by guilt to continually come to the cross: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We do not make a practice of sin but when we fall short, Christ’s blood cleanses us from all sin. In that knowledge you can go forward in your life and not be condemned.
The cross is the cost of my forgiveness.
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