Do you remember the old game about stealing a cookie from the cookie jar? It goes like this:
Aaron (insert someone’s name) stole the cookie from the cookie jar.
Aaron then calls out the name of someone else in the room. And it goes on and on.
Perhaps Aaron is telling the truth and he really didn’t steal the cookie and he’s willingly helping in the investigation to search for the thief. But, often, this is much of what our life is like. We sin. We hide our sin. We are accused of our sin. We pass the blame for our sin on someone else.
There’s a better way.
In this week’s chapter, David has been made king. Things are going really well. He is respected. His armies are fighting well. He has made Jerusalem the political and spiritual capital. He has returned the ark of the covenant. He is making plans to build a temple. What could possibly go wrong? Well…hopefully you’ve either read or are about to read it in your book. But, I’ll give you the quick gist. He sees the neighbor lady bathing on her rooftop and he sends someone to get her for him. He sleeps with her. She gets pregnant. David finds out who her husband is. Her husband, Uriah, is one of David’s most loyal soldiers. To cover over the tracks of his sin, David has his commanders send Uriah to the front lines of battle where he’ll most likely be killed. And indeed it happens. Uriah is dead. David takes Bathsheba to be his wife.
David stole the cookie from the cookie jar.
David, is eventually confronted by a prophet named Nathan about his sin. And David realizes he cannot keep this inside any longer. David, the man after the heart of God desires to be restored into a right relationship with God. And God is right there willing to forgive him.
We speak of Jesus’ forgiveness often. Yet, without our own confession of sin, what would forgiveness mean to us? I pray that we would be people who confess often and live in the grace of God through Jesus Christ that forgiveness will always come. You need not fear. You need not worry. You need not be anxious that God’s grace can’t come to you. It absolutely can. And it always does.
Jesus forgives you. Jesus remembers your sin no more.
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