Put It Away

2 Samuel 12:13

“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.”

This is one of the most beautiful verses in the Bible. David has just had a big boo boo. His big mess up. Bathsheba. And he just got busted by God – through Nathan. And now he knows it’s time to pay the piper. He knows that God expects retribution for the sins perpetrated upon Him. But Nathan says no, God will take this one.

This is a precursor to what God has given to us today. God gave us Jesus. A way to allow God to “put away our sins.” All we have to do is accept the gift being offered. If you think, “Nah, I’ve done too much. I’m too bad. I’m too far gone.” Look at David. Read 2 Samuel 11 and tell me you’ve been worse than that. Adultery and murder in the same week.

God put that away for David. Let Him do the same for you.

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Patience

Have you ever said, “Oh I can’t wait until…”?

I’m in 2 Samuel now and there is a perfect example of having to wait, 2 Samuel 6:12 – 13. David, King David, the David from David and Goliath – that David, is feeling guilty that he as a “permanent” home built but the Ark of the Covenant of God is still living in a tent. That is a righteous thing isn’t it? He wants to do the right thing.

But check out how God responds.

“When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers (die), I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”

David wanted to do the right thing, but God still said wait.

None of us like to hear wait. It is never a good answer to a question we ask. But God isn’t worried about our schedule. His wait may even mean over generations because He isn’t bound by our life spans.

Since our God isn’t bound by our life span, then that means our prayers and His answers to our prayers aren’t either. Translation – prayers we pray today, may not be answered until our grand children have children. And God is fine with that. But we tend not to be.

God says wait, so we wait. God says, your children will realize this prayer of yours, we have be excited about that, because God is answering your prayer – just not in your schedule. We have to be good with God’s schedule, since He’s in charge.