Is It Too Hard?
Over the last year or so, here in my home state of Ohio, two tragedies were much in the news. Both of them involved the deaths of very young children, babies really, who were forgotten by their busy mothers and left for hours in cars that became super heated by the sun. Man I hate to hear such things…I hate that such things ever happen to anyone anywhere, especially babies. In neither case did the law officials decide to prosecute, having determined there was no criminal intent involved. “Tragic accident” was the conclusion.
Can you imagine the hell such a parent must endure over this kind of horror? To wake up every day (if you were ever able to get to sleep) realizing that you are the reason your beautiful child died such a terrible death. And that fact will never go away no matter what you do. To have to think that the one your child needed protection from was you…was mother.
Now, if you were to be the friend of such a person…what would you do? What would you say? Is there any help…any hope…real hope…hope they could actually somehow accept…which you could offer them…to help them deal with the accusations of their own heart every day…the hateful stares of the community around them…the haunting memory of a beloved child who is never coming back to them in this life?
Now King David didn’t leave a baby exposed to the elements…but he did illegitimately father a child who, though he was not punished for David’s sin, did indeed suffer and die as a result of David’s sin. David committed adultery and then covered it up by murdering one of his own faithful bodyguards and other soldiers who had the misfortune of serving in King David’s army alongside Uriah…there fighting the King’s battle…willing to give their lives for their king…but instead were murdered by that very king.
When all of this settled down into the heart of the man, who had so characteristically been a man after God’s own heart, when he woke up one day realizing that he was not only an adulterer, but a murderer as well…a murderer of a trusted bodyguard and of his own loyal soldiers…what happens to one’s heart after that? A man like David…so obviously human…and yet who had been so devoted to God for the bulk of his life, since his youth…what kind of hell does he go through? And doesn’t he have to go through it? Can he ever come back? When? How? And what is changed forever? And can things ever be good between God and him again? Is it too hard? Is it so hard as to be essentially impossible?
Who among us is willing to go approach the murdering adulterer…to try to help him find the way God has devised for him to return home? And what will you tell him? You don’t go on a mission like this without the cost of pain! Do you? Can you? For you will say nothing to offend the innocents who suffered so because of his sin. For God cared and cares about them. BUT, God also (bless His Holy NAME) cares about this wretched sinner (and therein lies my only hope). What do you have to offer? Speak…for a soul hangs in the balance.
(I love you for helping me think through this…God bless you richly and Jesus give you peace in believing.)