«My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights» (Proverbs 3:11, 12).
David never imagined how far he would take his enthusiasm for Bathsheba, When he saw her naked from the palace terrace, his passion was ignited and he seduced the wife of one of his bravest warriors. Then he gave orders for Uriah, a loyal soldier and a great admirer of the king, to die in combat. With a shameless. ness of those who have made vileness a trait of their character, the king of Israel made Bathsheba his wife. His good name, his heroism of the past, and his leader. ship collapsed completely. The army officers commented on the monarch’s new strategies to get what he wanted. Along the soldiers, indignation was widespread. How could something like that be done to one of the best soldiers jn the Hebrew army?
As he continued to smile as if nothing had happened, the whole town knew how corrupt King David had become. The former shepherd tried to convince himself that what had happened was not so serious. But no one dared to face the heroic leader of Israel, the «anointed of the Lord,» who had freed them from the Philistine yoke. In addition, as a good ruler, David did not like to receive bad news, because his reactions were not precisely the most desirable. Until one day the prophet Nathan presented himself and, with enormous courage, declared to the mighty Hebrew sovereign his sin before God. Nathan made him see that he had become an adulterer, murderer, poor leader, and unworthy of the confidence of his army. If he had shown so much contempt for one of his best men, what could others expect? David was petrified by the words of the prophet. No rebuke hurt him so much. But he endured it. He recognized his sin, repented sincerely, and was willing to face the harsh consequences of his sin, including the death of the son he had with Bathsheba.
We all make mistakes. No one likes to recognize them, and much less endure the consequences. But the Bible says that the Lord disciplines those He loves. If He didn’t care about you, lie would simply let you sink into your own sins. However, He does not. He keeps seeking you out because He really cares about you and wants to help you overcome your difficulties. Do not let yourself become bothered with His corrections or despise His words. They are for your own good.
Today ask God to help you listen carefully to His loving discipline and His counsels to live a better life.