When Nathan responds to David’s sin, you could hear the pain of a father having to discipline his son. God’s heart was broken, David’s heart was broken and Nathan’s heart was broken. A needless selfish sin has now disrupted a beautiful relationship between God and David. Nothing about David’s sin was respectable or overlookable. Now David would spend the rest of his life haunted by his sin. It was not that God had not forgiven the sin, because he did. It is simply that the failure exacted a huge price.
In our lives, often we confuse forgiveness with consequence. We expect that if Gd forgives our sin, we will not have a consequence. That is simply not true. When we walk away from the Lord, we cannot escape the consequences of that independence. We can, however repent and return to following him. When we do, we restore fellowship and enjoy the provision and protection of our father. Help me, Lord to remain submitted to you and to walk humbly in the path you have set out.
God Bless You
11 “This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view. 12 You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”
13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin. 14 Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the Lord[a] by doing this, your child will die.”
15 After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord sent a deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah’s wife. 16 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. 17 The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused.
18 Then on the seventh day the child died.