2 Samuel

Fallout of Sin

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It is my belief that no believer wants to willingly sin. But when we do, we often think about how it has affected our relationship with God. We are ashamed of our actions and feel dirty inside. We, of course, pray for forgiveness and move on with our lives by trying to live according to God’s will. But what we often don’t take into account is the fallout that can, and often does occur, because of our sin. A good example of earthly fallout due to sinful behavior can be seen in 2 Samuel 12:11-12. This is when King David committed adultery with Bathsheba, which resulted in her getting pregnant. If that wasn’t enough, he made sure that her husband was killed in battle to cover up his sin. But God was not happy. Through the prophet Nathan, God says:

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give the to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.”

God also mentions that the sword will never depart from David’s house because of this sin – meaning that there will always be warring factions with his reign. And to top it off, the son that David and Bathsheba had together died as a result of the hand of the Lord. You see, though we may not know it, our sins may have greater consequences than we think. Yes, we grieve the Spirit when we sin, and our relationship with God is broken until we repent. But even beyond that, there are often consequences that we have to live with on earth; consequences like divorce, unwanted pregnancy, loss of a relationship, sickness, and a whole host of other things. I can’t say that there is always an earthly consequence, that we will always see the consequences or even that we’ll draw the connection between our sin and those consequence, but more often than not, I would argue that there is some earthly consequence that goes beyond our shame and guilt.

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There is more at stake when we sin than we may realize. You may think that your sin only affects you, or that it doesn’t really hurt anyone, but quite often there is some earthly fallout that goes along with the spiritual fallout. And that fallout can directly or indirectly effect someone’s life, negatively influence your behavior, or even change the course of your life. So, I challenge you to keep that in mind when you are tempted. Personally, I think it is bad enough to disappoint our God, but when there are even more consequences that may follow, that makes staying away from sin that much more desirable.

Friend and Master

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Sometimes believers can fall into the trap of relating to God so much as our friend that we forget that he is also our master. I don’t know about you, but I cherish the fact that he allows, and even wants, us to feel comfortable around him. We can share with him our unfiltered thoughts and ideas. We can joke with him, let our hair down around him, and be ourselves with him. But God is also our master. He is holy in the greatest sense of the word. And even though he allows us to become comfortable with him, we should never forget that. David was reminded in second Samuel chapter 6, verses 6 and 7 where it says:

"When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died there beside the ark of God."

Even though God is our friend, we must also fear and revere him as a mighty and holy God. Just like fire can give us warmth and comfort, and can aid us and help us survive, it can also burn us. It can even kill us if we forget to respect it. Uzzah forgot to respect and revere God’s holiness. He forgot that God gave specific ground rules as to how to approach the ark; ground rules as to how to approach his holiness, and it cost him his life. I encourage you to heed this lesson; to know that God is your friend, but not to forget that he is also your master.

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Sometimes we need to be reminded that God is not just our friend, but that he is also our master. We are encouraged to be ourselves around him, but we also know that he is holy, sovereign and is to be reverently feared. David learned this the hard way. Uzzah didn’t set out to be irreverent. His act was an accident. And when he was killed, David became angry and afraid. He was immediately reminded of God’s holiness. In verse 13 it says that, “When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf”. David was struck so powerfully with the fear for the Lord that after every six steps he sacrificed to the Lord. I encourage you to guard yourself from ever acting irreverently toward God. Because even though he is our close friend, he is also our master.