“Sow the Wind and Reap the Whirlwind”
This is a passage taken from Hosea 8:7, but it aptly describes what happens in King David’s life and his family as a direct consequence of his sinful actions. Prophet Nathan had prophesied this dire warning earlier: "Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me..." (2 Sam 12:10). King David’s family is now embroiled in conflicts that started coming in like waves on the seashore. David’s eldest son Amnon rapes his own half-sister Tamar, who was Absalom’s sister. Absalom schemes and murders Amnon to take revenge for defiling his sister. Absalom then flees to Geshur, but returns back to Jerusalem after three years and finally is forgiven by his father. Absalom then deceitfully charms the people of Israel, and through his charisma plots a coup against David. This treason by his own son forces King David to escape from Jerusalem after many of his trusted people including his trusted friend Ahithophel defects with Absalom.
Even though God had forgiven David, his sins brought him painful consequences. Even today, this is true – God forgives and even forgets, people may forgive but some never forgets. Our sins will find us out and they forever remain a blot and stain in the perception of others about us. According to ‘God Guides Your Tomorrows’ by Roger C. Palms, there are three aspects that we can consider with regards to messing up our lives:
- We don’t have to yield to temptation. God has made a way of escape for us. "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." (1 Cor 10:13)
- If we do slip, we don’t have to wallow in our mistakes. There is deliverance when we cry unto God for help. Let’s join with Psalmist David as he considers his deliverance: "I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth-- praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord" (Psalms 40:1-3)
- We can use the lesson learned from falling not only to avoid falling again, but to help some other person who is facing similar pressures. Let’s follow Apostle Paul’s instruction in this matter: "Brethren, if anyone is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal 6:1-2)