From the previous article on how you are set free in Christ, some might have wondered what happened with David. So what happens after David was forgiven for sleeping with Bethsheeba?
We often tell stories and end at the part that appeals to the audience. We definitely like stories where there is a negative dramatic end, but with God, we know that He can turn things around and He is able to do all things!
Like I said before, God forgives us, and praise God that we don't have to bear the weight of our sins. We do however, and at times, have to bear the consequences because it would've affected others or things in our lives.
In 2 Samuel 12: 14 Nathan tells David that his son (whom was to be born from the affair) would die.
David fasted and went to his house. He spent nights lying on the ground.
In our times of restoration, we'll have to spend time on the ground, praying.
Pray to God, and ask Him for forgiveness, to repent, and to restore you.
This is what it means to go humbly before Him, to surrender to Him, to give Him your all.
On the 7th day, the child died.
When in restoration, take it one day at a time.
For David, it took 7 days. For some it will take 1 day, or 7, or 1 month, or even a 6 months to years. Just know that God is with you when you go through the process and that it will come to an end.
Isaiah 43: 2 "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze."
David hears this and he gets up from the ground, washes, puts on lotions, and changes his clothes. He goes up to the house of the Lord and he worships.
David worshipped God.
In our times of restoration, we need to come to a place of worship.
Like the post I wrote about Jesus feeding the 5'000, don't fool yourself into thinking that you have all the strength to do it all, or that you need some perfect heart to come to God. Go as you are, and worship Him, give Him all that you have, He'll accept it.
Don't we praise God that He still accepts what we have to offer even though it's not "good enough"? Praise God!
Worship is a place of surrender to God. Don't be fooled with associating worship with outward appearances and this full-on dancing. We all have our days to jump up and down. Just go as you are, and worship, sincerely.
David's servants ask him, "why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!" (2 Samuel 12:21).
David answered, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, 'Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.' But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me."
David decided to walk, after it was all said and done with his child.
When in restoration, what's done is done, accept what's done, and move on, walk. In Jesus' words, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk!"
"David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went with her and lay with her. She gave birth to a son, and named him Solomon. The Lord loved him; and because the Lord loved him, He sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidah (which means Loved by the Lord)." 2 Samuel 12: 24-25
When in restoration, you will be comforted.
You are not alone.
It may seem like you're the only one going through this, but God will comfort you, and He will bring someone/something to comfort you. God is faithful.
"For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones." Isaiah 49:13b
"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—" John 14:16
When in restoration, God will replace what you lost.
Isaiah 43:18-19a "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!"
The sun will finally come out, and something better will come your way. He is doing a new thing. He might not replace exactly what was lost, but we know that God will provide even greater for you! Amen!
And we all know that the son of David and Bathsheba was Solomon whom they called the wisest man who ever lived, and how among the many nations, there was no king like him.
God can birth something out of "nothing".
Is a girl who fell deeply in love with Jesus,