And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 14Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. 15And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 16David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.17And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. 18And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? 19But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 20Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. 22And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? 23But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
(2 Samuel 12)
There is a lot in this story and I could go with it in many directions. I could discuss King David’s sin. I could discuss the judgment from a holy God. I could write about the supernatural events that are taking place throughout the chapter. However, I’m going to focus on David’s ability to look in both directions.
David’s son was stricken and David prayed that the child might live. He was caught in the tension of two extremes. On one hand, if the child lived, then David would watch his son grow and mature into a man. On the other, if the child died, he knows he will see him again when he passes from this earthly life… but there will be sorrow.
David was not afraid to face both death and life. He was not afraid to look in both directions.
We pray that the Lord i.e. Jesus would direct our steps that He will be the Lord of our life, that all things work together for good.
Yet, when faced with adversity we all to often collapse in our faith.
No mater what the circumstances are He is in control. David’s son died. He was taken. David dealt with it.
Job lost everything and yet in the midst of it God shows us and instructs him.
We’ve often heard the phrase: let go and let God.
It’s true but hard to practice because many of us really don’t believe that Jesus loves us and cares for us and no matter what happens He will work all things together for good.