Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 12: 26-31; 1 Chronicles 20: 2-3; 2 Samuel 13: 1 through 14:33
In yesterday’s reading Nathan spoke for the Lord and confronted David of his sin of murdering Uriah and sleeping with Uriah’s wife. As we discussed yesterday David was sincerely repentant.
The Lord immediately forgave him
there were consequences to his actions that would go on throughout his life and into the next generation:
- The child that he fathered with Bathsheba died
- From that day forward David’s family would live by the sword
- David’s household would rebel against him
- David’s wives would be given to another man and he will go to bed with them in public view
- All these things would become public knowledge
As we move into today’s reading we begin to see these things come to pass.
I found an interesting article that helped me to understand how these hard things could happen to someone who was forgiven and set a part for God’s service.
Here is an excerpt from The Law of Sowing and Reaping by Don Rousu:
In the Book of Genesis we find the expression of a seed principle that runs throughout the scriptures, and a principle that will endure as long as the earth. Chapter 8, verse 22 reads, “As long as the earth endures, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” In other words, seed-time and harvest, that is “sowing and reaping”, will be as unchangeable and predictable as day and night.
Sowing and reaping is a law, like the law of gravity. The law of gravity always works the same way for everyone. So does the law of sowing and reaping. It’s a fixed principle that God built into his creation. In Galatians 6:7, we are told, “Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
Essentially, this means that every action has a predictable consequence. If I sow corn, I’ll get corn, not potatoes. If I sow radishes, I’ll get radishes, not squash… It also works the same way in the spiritual realm. If I sow (give away) life to others, I will reap life myself. If I sow provision for others, I will reap provision for myself. If I sow forgiveness toward others, I’ll reap forgiveness for myself…
And I’ll add to that…
If I sow hate for others, I will reap hate from for myself.
If I sow unforgiveness toward others, I’ll reap unforgiveness for myself.
Today the rebellion of David’s household begins:
- The tragic rape of Tamar
- David becomes angry but does nothing to address this family sin
- Absalom determines to kill Amnon and conceals his intentions for two years
- Absalom begs his father David to attend a feast at his house but for some reason he refuses
- Amnon goes in David’s place; Absalom’s servants kill Amnon
- David refuses to see his son for two years
- Absalom forces Joab to intercede, and David welcomes Absalom home
There have been many times I tried to pray away Satan, the enemy of my soul, out of my life when in reality I was reaping what I had sown.
Here are a few examples that come to mind:
- Financial problems-trying to live beyond my means
- Health Issues-Not treating my body as the temple of God
- Scheduling Issues- Over-committing and wondering why I can’t get it all done
- Bitterness-Lack of Forgiveness that was sucking the life out of me
I know that there are times God makes an exception and minimizes the reaping process but many times He does not.
As a disclaimer, I must say that there are many examples in the Bible where God’s people reap good AND bad things that they didn’t sow but when we go through tough times we must self-assess with the help of the Holy Spirit our responsibility to our circumstances.
As I look back on my life I may have made the same mistakes again if I had not had to do some reaping!
Heavenly Father, I don’t want to reap tough times and tough situations. Help me to sow good things into my life and the lives of others. Lord, when I make a mistake and sow the wrong thing, help me to learn from my mistakes and move through the reaping as quickly as possible.
In Jesus’ Name! Amen and Amen!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 15:1 through 17:14