How Long do I have to wait for God to Forgive Me?


Walk in Wisdom Gleanings from Scripture
waiting.jpgMark 14:43-52; Gal. 2; Ps. 111; 2 Sam. 11-12

Every passage today is filled with goodness and grace and glory. But I would
focus on this one verse out of 2 Sam. 12, verse 13. “David said to Nathan, “I
have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has
put away your sin; you shall not die.” The context is familiar. David had a
wicked, sexual encounter with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba. Failing to cover up the
resulting pregnancy by getting Uriah and Bathsheba to sleep together, David
has Uriah killed. He is a murderous, treacherous, adulterous scoundrel. And God
loves him. Nathan the prophet comes to expose the long unacknowledged sin,
and David cries out in our verse – when at last he owns the sin entirely “I
have sinned.” But what is so absolutely, mind-bogglingly stunning, is the
response. First, that there is forgiveness at all for such a man. Does that not
give you and me great hope? Our God is God who forgives the most heinous
and odious of crimes against God and man. Ponder it Believer – especially you
today who may be reeling from the sting of having some sin of your own
exposed recently. See how your God forgives. David’s God is your God too.
And forgiveness is to be had for any and all sins. Note secondly that this is a
great impetus for us to preach the Gospel to all men. Not many we touch will
have acted out on their sin as severely as David. But we can show them how
merciful God is even to such crimes as these. But it is the structure of this verse
that draws me to it most. Notice that the confession and the release are
recorded in the same breath. There is no period of time which elapses.
Forgiveness is not meted out probationally, or on the basis of some
demonstration of repentance or restitution or any thing else of the kind. And
this dear saint we all need to hear. God forgives, just as quickly as we confess.
No lag. No conditions. No self-punishment. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful
and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1
John 1:9). When? Right then. Now! For Christ’s sake.
Oh what the blood of the Lamb has bought!

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