Unspeakable Joy Devotional

1.20 Twenty19

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Often when we read the Bible we think God won’t use us because of things we may have done in our past or are currently involved in doing.  But God can and will us you if you are willing to do His will.  David sinned and fell short.

2 Samuel 11:2-12 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace.  From the roof he saw a woman bathing.  The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her.  The man said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite?”  Then David sent messengers to get her.  She came to him, and he slept with her.  Then she went back home.  The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying “I am pregnant”.  So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite”.  And Joab sent him to David.  When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going.  Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet”.  So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him.  But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.  When David was told “Uriah did not go home”, he asked him, “Haven’t you just come from a distance?  Why didn’t you go home?”  Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord’s men are camped in fields.  How could I go to my house and eat and drink and lie with my wife?  As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”  2 Samuel 11:14-15  In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.  In it he wrote “Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest.  Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die”.

When you read the sins of David, it makes you want to grab your hair and wonder why would he do such things after all God had done for him?  The same reason we ourselves sin.  The good news is God can and will still use you.  Confess yours sins and repent.

Write down or confess with your mouth to God any sin that has been hindering you to allow God to use you for His glory.

And then repent of your sins.  Repent is the feeling of regret or remorse.  And then go, and sin no more.

John 8:11 “Then neither do I condemn you”, Jesus declared, “Go now and leave your life of sin”.

Photo credit Irma Bornstedt, Vasto Marina, Italy overlooking the Mediterranean

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