“When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she lamented over her husband. And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
If the story of David and Bathsheba were a horror film, this would be the part of the movie when the main character thinks he has defeated the monster and breathes a big sigh of relief. Just when we think the climax has passed and we’re on to the denouement, though, the ominous music swells and we see the monster’s hand burst through the pile of stuff under which it was buried.
David was breathing a sigh of relief here. Uriah was dead. Nobody but Joab was going to suspect a thing and he was loyal. Now, not only was he not going to be outed for what he had done, but everybody was going to think him a gracious and righteous king for being willing to take Uriah’s grieving widow into his house and provide for her as if she were his own wife. What a guy he was!
Have you been there? You committed some sin, or maybe fell into a pattern of sin, and you thought you were going to get away with it. Nobody knew about it. There weren’t any obviously coming consequences. Things were looking good.
There’s just one problem. It’s right there at the end of the passage. The thing David had done displeased the Lord. That thing you did displeased Him too. Mine too. You see, no matter how well we think we’ve hidden or covered up our sin, somebody else always knows about it—the one who knows and sees everything.
He not only sees and knows, but because He is a just God, He will hold us accountable for it. We cannot hide our sin indefinitely. The natural consequences—for all sin has natural consequences—will eventually come to bear. The best thing we can do is take courage and confess it before that happens so that they come on our terms rather than being foisted upon us by someone else.
If you’ve got sin hiding in your life right now, don’t think you’re in the clear. Don’t get comfortable. Stay really uncomfortable; uncomfortable enough to want to do something about it. Namely, get rid of it. Seek out the grace God has already made available in Christ and walk back out of the darkness into the light and life that you were made to enjoy.