The story of King David’s fall is a powerful one to reflect upon. David, afterall, was a “man after God’s own heart” (1 Sam 13:14, Acts 13:22) and yet he committed adultery with Bathsheba, had Uriah murdered to cover up his sin, and ultimately destroyed his family too.
2 Samuel 11:1-28 tells the narrative of what happened. In short, David failed because he forgot to basic principles that cannot be violated:
(1) What you FLIRT WITH you will FALL TO!
(2) What you FEED will FLOURISH!
David flirted with sin. David allowed his eyes to wander and to fixate on Bathsheba. David flirted with sin and therefore eventually fell to it — and it was inevitable. This is because David fed his fantasies — and what you feed will flourish.
But David is in such denial that he misses the significance of his sin altogether. That is, until he is confronted by Nathan.
In 2 Samuel 12:1-9, Nathan confronts David with a story of sin and asks David what should happen to the person in the story. David misses that Nathan is actually talking about him, and declares that the person must be punished severely.
Nathan responds: “YOU ARE THE MAN!” (2 Samuel 12:7)
At this, David is crushed and convicted (2 Samuel 12:13a) — and only then can he begin his road to recovery and restoration (2 Samuel 12:13b).
Reading this narrative today, three things became evident to me:
(1) What I FLIRT with I WILL FALL TO!
(2) What I FEED will FLOURISH — good or bad!
(3) I am the man! — I am guilty of hypocrisy and of ignoring God’s word (and I suspect you are too!)
So what do we do?
We repent. We mourn. We pray. And we live to fight another day — all by the grace of God.
David prays a powerful prayer of repentance in Psalm 51. I go to it often. I hope you do to — because I AM THE MAN, and so are you.
A prayer for today:
“Father, open my eyes to both the seriousness of my behavior and to Your stubborn love for me, which refuses to let me settle for anything less than Your best. Help me to both grieve my sin and to keep from being swallowed up in grief. Give me the sensitivity to weep over my wrongdoing; give me the faith to believe You point out my problem so it can be solved. Protect me from self-condemnation, but do not shield me from self-awareness. I ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.”