Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But… 2 Samuel 12:13-14
Good Afternoon PCC!
Last Sunday’s message was a case study on the dangers of duplicity. King David in public and David in private had become different men.
Our driving metaphor was of a sinkhole that swallowed up a bus in Pittsburgh last week during a morning commute.
Sinkholes occur when an underground water source erodes so much soil that the ground below can no longer support what’s built on top of it. When that happens a cavity (crater, really) emerges taking with it cars, buildings, houses and whatever else is above when the ground below gives way.
By 2 Samuel 11, David is 20 years into his reign as King. Perhaps it was the pressure of the monarchy, the expanding kingdom, or multiple other factors — we don’t know. But David is living with duplicity at this point … the sinkhole emerges as he sexually abuses Bathsheba, and then breaks half of the 10 commandments trying to cover up his sin.
Sinkholes in the streets of Pittsburgh make for an interesting news story. Sinkholes in the lives of men and women who identify as followers of Christ are tragic, but not irreparable.
What are the signs a sinkhole is growing within you?
- There is a growing gap between what you say publicly and how you live privately.
- Your emotions are inappropriate to the situation.
- You have less and less grace to give.
- Your leadership has become about you.
- You keep justifying your bad actions and decisions.
On Sunday, we ended with the reality that God’s grace and redemption is much more powerful than our sin. We noted that literally God is gracious … but life is not. David was forgiven and restored, but he also suffered the consequences for his personal sinkhole for the rest of his life.
Would you take a moment and ask the Lord to examine your inner world, bringing to light any area that is not honoring Him? As David did this, after his sinkhole was exposed, he wrote Psalm 51. Perhaps that could be a daily prayer for us all for the coming weeks.
As I close this week’s Gmail, I do so with both a heavy heart (sin wreaks havoc!), a grateful heart (where would we be without grace–thank you Jesus for the cross!), and a prayerful heart (for us all to prioritize growing our soul and live with a growing integrity).
This coming week, we will look at one of the painful consequences of David’s duplicity, looking at how to find strength when people fail you.
It promises to be another tremendous hope-filled Sunday at PCC!
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