Text: II Samuel 11:1-5
Insurance companies now offer “accident forgiveness” for customers involved in minor accidents. What kind of forgiveness does God offer when our sin isn’t necessarily unintentional?
Accidents do happen out there on the road and the assurance of insurance is a good thing. It’s a relief to get forgiveness when we probably don’t deserve it. If a big impersonal insurance company can offer grace, imagine what kind of grace God offers when we have a spiritual crash. And what if that crash isn’t an accident? What happens to us spiritually when our failure to stay on the road God has set for us, isn’t an accident but a willful “at-fault” transgression? What kind of forgiveness, if any, can we expect then?
An example of this can be found in 2 Samuel 11. When King David viewed Bathsheba bathing on her rooftop. It was an adulterous affair and was not a fender bender. His deception and attempt to cover up are proof that David never tried to stop and hit his spiritual brakes. His lust clouded his ability to get back on the highway going the right direction. Just like Adam and Eve he refused to listen to the voice of God.
God isn’t a claim adjuster who will raise or lower the cost of our sin, but instead he deletes our sins with the blood of Jesus. But just like David, we are going to have to pay the price by dealing with the consequences of our actions. The only difference is we won’t have to carry the guilt because Jesus will carry it for us.
We get God’s grace but that does not give us a license to sin knowing we will be forgiven. God extends his grace to us and forgiveness comes with willingness to change and knowing we need to always be dependent on God.
Now is the perfect time to knock out the dents we have gotten because of our reckless living. We must humble ourselves and place God in the driver’s seat and to grow our relationship with God.