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Distress Even in Repentance
Bible Passage 2 Samuel 12: 15-23
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books 2 Samuel, Psalm.

Distress Even in Repentance

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 14, 2022

15 Then Nathan went home. After this, the LORD afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife had born to David, and the child became very ill.

16 David begged God on behalf of the youngster. He fasted, went inside, and spent the night lying on the ground.

17 His closest advisors at the palace got up, remained with him, and tried to help him get up from the ground, but he would not do so. He also wouldn’t eat with them.

18 A week later, the child died, and David’s staff was afraid to tell him that the child had died. They were telling themselves, “Look, when the child was still alive, we talked to him but he wouldn’t listen to what we said. Now what kind of trouble will he bring on himself if we tell him that the child has died?”

19 But as David observed his staff whispering together, he perceived that the child had died, so he asked his staff, “Is the child dead?” They replied, “He has died.”

20 At this, David got up from the ground, washed, anointed himself, changed his clothes, and went into the LORD’s tent to worship. Then he went back to his palace where, at his request, they served him food and he ate.

21 His staff asked him, “What’s this about? When the child was alive, you fasted and cried. Now that the child has died, you get up and eat!”

22 He answered, “When the child was alive, I fasted and cried. I asked myself, ‘Who knows? Maybe the LORD will show grace to me and the child will live.’

23 But now that he has died, what’s the point of fasting? Can I bring him back again? I’ll be going to be with him, but he won’t be returning to me.”

David slept with the wife of Uriah and killed Uriah to cover up his sin. Prophet Nathan went to David to accuse him of his misdoings.

In genuine sorrow, David confessed his sins to God (see Ps. 51) and God graciously pardoned him. But that did not remove the distress that David would suffer as a result of his sins.

When the child born to David and Bathsheba became sick, David prayed earnestly for it. But the child died, as Nathan had foretold. David accepted what had happened and realized it was part of God’s judgment upon him. Sometime later another son, Solomon, was born to David and Bathsheba.

🔷 We must confess our sins to God who will forgive us always

🔷 We may still suffer the distress of our sins after God pardons us to mold us completely

💥 Confess your sins to God
💥 Ask God to give you the strength and the spirit of humility to work for Him

Beware of that act that you are addicted to. We must humble ourselves to suffer the punishment for our sins. It’s equally a sign of true repentance. When we genuinely confess, God will pardon us and restore us.

In series Bright Morning Reflections