Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord,” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” (2 Sam. 12:13)

THE BLACK BOX COCKPIT VOICE RECORDER from EgyptAir 804 was recovered about a month after the aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean. A similar search uncovered the doomed freighter El Faro’s black box in 16,000 feet of water near the Bahamas. However, the sins God hurls into the depths of the sea (see Mic. 7:19) will stay there forever.

The story of King David’s sinning shows how vulnerable we are to temptation. If we let down our guard for just a moment, the Enemy can cause us to fall. The story of David’s sinning also magnifies God’s amazing grace. He took away David’s sin (2 Sam. 12:13). That amazing grace is still available to all who repent and confess their sins.

If we try to erase our sins by performing good deeds or by joining a church or by doing penance, our sins will still blight our souls, but if we trust God to take our sins away by His amazing grace, they will be gone, gone, gone—buried in the deepest sea.

Of course, even forgiven sins can have consequences. The Lord took away David’s sin, but his testimony suffered and the son born to him would die (v. 14). It has been observed that, if we don’t want to taste the bitter fruit of sin, we should stay out of the Devil’s orchard.

Yield not to temptation!

Jim Dyet was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada. Married fifty-eight years, he and his wife Gloria live in Colorado Springs, where Jim enjoys golf and daily walks with their dogs.

 © 2018 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.