When King David played with fire, he felt the burns for the rest of his life. After committing adultery with Bathsheba, David deserved to die for his sin, but God forgave and spared him. However, as a consequence, the child who had been conceived in the illicit relationship would die.

More repercussions followed. Shortly after the child’s death, David’s son, Amnon, committed incest with his half-sister, Tamar. Another son of David’s, Absalom, took revenge on Amnon and had him killed. Several years of tension and treachery passed, and then Absalom made an attempt to usurp his father’s throne. David had to flee for his life while Absalom established himself as king. Later, the tide turned and David was restored to his throne; but his beloved son, Absalom, was killed. Through all of the heartache and agony, the Lord preserved David, but it came at a great price.

We are living in the Age of Grace, but we are foolish to believe that grace entitles us to live as we please. The law of sowing and reaping has not changed. Our sin will be punished, and the consequences will hurt us and others — think of the people who lost their lives because of David’s sin: Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah; the child David had with Bathsheba; Amnon; Absalom; and 20,000 soldiers who died in the conflict.

As a child of God, you are clad in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. See to it that your garments are not soiled. If no one knows you are in Christ, let it not be on account of your sinfulness. You are a child of the King — so live like it. If you have strayed from the path of righteousness, then don’t delay to get right with God.

Holiness is not something we are called upon to do in order that we may become something; it is something we are to do because of what we already are. — M. Lloyd-Jones

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.