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Our Second Chance God

OUR SECOND CHANCE GOD

By Carolyn Dale Newell

So 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…”

2 Samuel 11:13 NKJV

 

We flop. We flounder. We fail, and then we fall. Fall into sin. Never think we are above it because it slips upon us.

It was the spring of the year when kings go out to war, but King David remained in his palace. That’s the flop. As he strolled upon his rooftop one evening, he saw Beautiful Bathsheba bathing on her roof. King David floundered.

His failure began as he inquired about this lovely woman. When he learned she was married, David continued down the slippery slope of sin as he sent for her. Now, King David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) committed adultery, but it doesn’t end there. Our sins will catch up with us, even the secret ones.

Bathsheba sent word to David that she was pregnant. In hopes to cover up their transgression, David called Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, home from the battle. David hoped Uriah would go into his wife and then believe the unborn child was his. Noble Uriah refused to enter his house while his comrades were still fighting. Seeing no other way out, David wrote a letter to his commander, Joab, and he sent it with Uriah when he returned to war. Uriah never realized he carried his own death warrant. David had instructed Joab to place Uriah in the line of fire.

How did King David fail God, devising a murderous plot to cover up his sin? The same way we do. Some of us may not fall as far as David and Bathsheba, and some may fall further.

After Uriah’s death, David married Bathsheba, but their infant child died. Bad choices have consequences. This royal couple suffered the loss of a child, but God remembered Bathsheba.

God gives us second chances. He even gives us third and fourth chances. David and Bathsheba repented of their sins. God forgives. When we mess up, God doesn’t give up.

Bathsheba gave birth to five more children, and one of them was Solomon. He became king after his father, David died.

We find David and Bathsheba in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus Christ. Why? Because the Lord wants us to know He is a forgiving God. He wants us to know that when we mess up, He doesn’t give up. He wants us to know that failure occurs. But He will dust us off, clean us up, and give us a new start.

We live in bodies of flesh. Flesh that lusts. Flesh that gives into temptation. Isn’t it comforting to know God still loves us?

Heavenly Father, we strive for obedience, but at times, the flesh takes over. Lord, help us walk in the Spirit. Thank You that though we fall, the enemy does not have victory. Your love remains. Your mercies are renewed. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 2 Samuel 11:1-25.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Are you going through a time when you feel you have let God down? God offers you the same forgiveness and second chance He offered David and Bathsheba. Who can you share this story of redemption with today?

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

 

Incense Rising Online Study

What does brokenness look like in your life? Do you bear the burden of family problems, such as an estranged child or an aging parent? Possibly constricting finances or a heavy workload? Maybe the stress of a health crisis? Perhaps you cope with abuse, depression, rejection, or church hurt. David experienced most of these at some point in his life. Like King David, brokenness will build strength. Our scars from today will be our strength for tomorrow.

On Day 29, of Incense Rising: 60 Days to Powerful Prayer (https://amountainoffaith.com/carolyns-books/ ), we examined David’s prayer in Psalm 61. Let’s turn our attention to Psalm 143. If doubt exists about the deep despair David felt, read Psalm 143, his prayer when he boldly approached God (v. 1).

Our prayers often lack fire until we feel desperate. Then we have a reason to get fired up. In Psalm 143:5 (NKJV), David reflected on the works God had accomplished in his life. David also recalled what God had accomplished in history.

I remember the days of old;

I meditate on all Your works;

I muse on the work of Your hands.

Remember where God has brought you from. Remember what God has brought you through. Remember the parting of the Red Sea. Remember the walls of Jericho tumbling down.

Remembering God’s greatness stirs up trust. We remember who our Abba is. We can rely on Him. Like David, we know we can trust Him.

Next, David committed to trust God in verse 8:

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,

For in You do I trust;

Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,

For I lift up my soul to You.

The third aspect in this Psalm portrays God as our refuge. David describes God as his shelter and his deliverer. Even the mighty warrior, David sought God’s deliverance.

Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;

In You I take shelter. (Ps. 143:9)

The fourth point in this prayer of brokenness is guidance. Since we trust God, we desire His guidance in our lives. We want Him to order our steps. Keeping us from wandering off the path He has prepared for us.

Teach me to do Your will,

For You are my God;

Your Spirit is good.

Lead me in the land of uprightness. (Ps. 143:10)

Finally, we seek personal revival. Not the spring or fall revival at church. Personal revival is just that, personal, between you and God. It usually does not occur when everything runs smoothly. Our scars from today will be our strength for tomorrow.

 

Brokenness creates the thirst only God can quench. In a typical day, how often do you thirst for a glass of cold water? Just as we are not constantly physically thirsty, we are not always spiritually thirsty, but we should be. Often, it takes a desperate situation to make us thirst. An overwhelmed spirit or a distressed heart leaves us parched, wanting the touch of God.

Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake!

For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble. (Ps. 143:11)

A bold prayer, reciting the acts of God, trusting Him, seeking His lead, and personal revival are bundled up in David’s prayer. Not a cure-all, but a prayer to soothe your shattered heart during the seasons of brokenness.

Father God, You are the Great Physician. You are the best at healing broken hearts. Broken souls. Broken spirits. Broken marriages. Broken families. You have done mighty acts, and You are not finished. We trust You to revive us once again. Amen.