Testimony Tuesday

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. 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.” (2 Samuel 11:2-4) “You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own.” (2 Samuel 12:9)


Bathsheba’s Lifestyle:

The king, who was supposed to be at war, spotted the beauty and sent for her. Bathsheba didn’t know whether to be flattered, afraid, or appalled, but she had no choice but to obey when summoned by the king. This married woman, whose husband was away at battle, fell victim to a king’s lust, which soon led to adultery and a baby.

Her monthly ritual of physically cleansing her body left her internally stained, carrying another man’s child. While Bathsheba doesn’t say much in this narrative, her courage and the forgiveness of God speak volumes.

Have you committed a sin, yet haven’t forgiven yourself?

Bathsheba could have surely hidden away and not spoken a word of her pregnancy, but she let the king know of her dilemma (2 Samuel 11:5) and put the responsibility in his hands to fix the situation. His decision brought death to Bathsheba’s husband and to the child she was carrying.

Who are you handing your problems over to? Have you handed it over to the Lord yet?

Bathsheba’s Heritage:

She [later] gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him; and because the Lord loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah,” [which means loved by God]. (2 Samuel 12:24-25)

Bathsheba’s Testimony:

From an object of lust, to a grieving widow, to a wife, to a mother, to an influential queen. 

What’s Your Testimony?

There may be a time in your past when you made a decision that you know was stupid. Maybe you were coerced to do something against your will and you’re carrying the weight of sin on your shoulders. This mistake still haunts you and you often beat yourself up because of it. Your past sins should not rule your present, and nor should they stifle your future. God is merciful. The Lord forgives the repentant. He remembers the innocent. He loves beyond the mistake. He detests the sin, but loves you very much. Let go of the negative stronghold of an unforgiven past.

If you’ve have been abused spiritually, sexually, emotionally, physically, hand your pain over to the Lord. Let Him rescue you from the situation. Forgive the abuser. Forgive yourself. Let the Lord restore you.  

For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.” (Psalm 25:11)

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