I was studying and reading in 2 Samuel when I came upon the account of David and Bathsheba. As I read on, my heart hurt - knowing what was ahead and the inescapable outcome of this familiar passage of Scripture. My thoughts moved from David's involvement to how God used Nathan to confront David. I contemplated how God must have felt through the series of events in which David had allowed himself to participate.
A parent's heart hurts deeply when he knows of the sin in his child's life and can foresee the consequences of that sin, along with the inevitable reaping. Yet here, God knows what David is doing, has done, and the consequences that await him. Then I thought of Bathsheba and her situation; her lot and her connections in all of this. Bathsheba was taken by the king, lay with him, and subsequently became with child. The king himself then placed her husband, Uriah, on the front line of battle; he died while being loyal to the king. Bathsheba's baby died as a result of David's sin.
In 2 Samuel 12:19-23, I then see David's response to the child dying and then verse 24, "And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him." The focus of my thoughts is on God's plan and knowledge of what He has in store for this child, Solomon: " ... and the LORD loved him." Regardless of the circumstances in David's and Bathsheba's lives, God loved their child. As a parent, it is a great comfort to know that God loves my child!
Yes, I know the Bible says our sin doth follow us unto the third and fourth generation, but I also must recognize the fact that God loves my child. My child(ren) can and will go on to serve the Lord with their lives. They can come to a saving knowledge of Him. God loves them and desires them to serve Him all the days of their lives. He can grant them great wisdom; He can bless them above measure. He can use them in His plan and for His glory!
For parents who have witnessed what only God can do with your children, and to those who might be wondering what God could do, your responsibility remains the same: Give yourselves to Him and allow Him to work in you to reach them for Himself. As a parent, you must first allow God to work in you so they can make God their own. Be an example of what a life of dedication looks like.
This Sunday is Mother's Day! It is a special day to say "thank you" to each mother. If your mother is still living, be sure to go see her; call her and let her know she is loved. If your mother has passed on into Glory, know that one day you will be reunited forever. If you are at odds with your mother, fix it! If you are a mother, take a moment and evaluate your relationship with God. Be sure to recognize that God loves your child(ren). They are a gift from Him - take good care of His gift. Happy Mother's Day!
Written by Dr. Bill Duttry