“God cannot redeem what we do not give to Him” is a line I received from the Holy Spirit a few years ago in my quiet time. This past sermon reminded me of this as Pastor David preached on choices how our choices affect outcomes. For whatever reason, I NEVER considered the implications of David’s sin with Bathsheba (2 Sam 11) as happening AFTER God made His covenant with David (2 Sam 7; c.f. 1 Chron 17:11-14; 2 Chron 6:16).
The Davidic Covenant is one of the most significant theological statements in the Bible. It is “the promise made by Yahweh that He would establish for King David a ‘house’ or a dynasty of kings who would perpetually reign over God’s people” (Lanier, G. R. Lexham Bible Dictionary, 2016). This eternal dynasty is fulfilled in Jesus.
What amazes me about all of this is that God knows what His people are going to do. God knows the choices that we are going to make. It does not mean that He likes what we are doing or that He approves of our behavior; however, He allows it.
When the prophet Nathan confronts David about his sin, David’s response is one of confession and repentance. I love that David does not run from his sin and guilt; rather, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he writes Psalm 51.
David was an adulterer, murderer and an absolutely terrible father. Yet, David is given the honor of being called, “a man after God’s own heart.” God forgave and redeemed David. David was never immune to the consequences of his choices and actions; however, God never revoked the Davidic Covenant. God gave David and Bathsheba four sons, two have significant roles in the Bible. Solomon built the Temple and was the wisest man who ever lived and Nathan is mentioned in Jesus’s genealogy (Luke 3:31).
Far too often we hold onto our past choices, relationships, failures, rather than giving them to God and allowing Him to redeem and restore us. I know there are areas in my own life that I have struggled to give to God because wanted to hold onto the anger and hurt to use as a weapon. Other times I thought that my choices and mistakes were too unredeemable or unforgivable.
I have no idea what it is that you are keeping from God today. Please know that God in Christ stands willing to forgive and redeem you. Whether you are holding on to your past choices, decisions, hurts, heartaches, longings, relationships please surrender them to the Lord. Please allow the Lord to heal and redeem your hurt and broken places. I do not know much, but when I allow the Lord to redeem me and set me free from my past choices, situations, experiences, I receive a peace that passes all understanding.
Father God, thank You for Your gift of redemption. Help us to live free in Christ. Lord God, thank You for all the men and women whose stories in the Bible record confession, repentance, faith and redemption. Thank You that for the repentant person no past action is too great for Your redemption and restoration. Lord God, speak with this precious reader today. Remind this reader how valuable he/she is to You! Lord God, thank You that love covers and forgives a multitude of sins. Lord God, may we never stop looking for ways to cover and encourage each other. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.