From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.” (2 Samuel 11:2-5).
But God can make a wonderful omelet.
Just like “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard,” (Romans 3:23) there are things in each of our lives that force us to live out the consequences of our past actions. In David’s case, he let the vision he saw with his eyes become a reality by first sending for and then by sleeping with Bathsheba. When she then became pregnant, they had a problem. Her husband, Uriah, was a soldier who had been away fighting for David and who certainly couldn’t have been the father. Instead of owning up to his indiscretion, he then had Uriah returned in an effort to have him sleep with his wife to explain away here pregnancy. Uriah felt so guilty at being home while his fellow soldiers still fought, he refused to accept the opportunity to sleep in the comfort of his wife’s arm and instead slept with the servants. So, Uriah was sent back to the front lines. But David wasn’t done yet. In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.” So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died. (2 Samuel 11:14-17)
Soon the prophet, Nathan, came and showed David his sin. David’s response to Nathan was “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.” 2 Samuel 12:13-14) David’s sin was forgiven, but there would be painful circumstances. And this was the same man who replaced Saul as King of Israel when God called him “a man after his own heart. (1 Samuel 13-14)
So think about the things that may have tripped you up in the past. They may seem great (like David with adultery and murder) or they might seem small (like skipping a church service because you were up late the night before). I have a sweet tooth and love to eat candy just before I go to bed. My wife is trying to help me lose weight and tries to keep a tight rein on the candy eating. Still I manage to sneak some into one of my nightstand drawers. Invariable she finds out. Now the problem becomes more than a habit of eating sweets. It now has become a sneakiness that can erode the trust in our relationship. She always forgives me, but the trust issue is tougher to rebuild.
The situational “eggs” we may have scrambled will always have consequences–some very painful. But God is always able to take those “scrambled eggs” on our lives and make a beautiful “omelet,” using all the events of our lives–both good and bad–to transform us and make us beautiful in His eyes. Does your life still seem scrambled or have you allowed God to begin to turn you into a wonderfully made “omelet?”