Blind Spot

“I didn’t see the car!  He was in my blind spot!”  Changing lanes can be a hazardous activity when our mirrors and quick turn-of-the-head fail us.  A blind spot isn’t always created by a poorly designed car.  There is part of our field of vision that we can’t see.  Sometimes a blind spot can happen in the life of a Christian.  We may be caught in a sin, but at the same time we can condemn others who are caught in the sin.  It’s a confusing thought, and maybe even hard to imagine, but it happens.  2 Samuel 11 and 12 detail King David’s indiscretion, fall, and call to repentance.

It is interesting to note that when David fell into his sin of lust he wasn’t on the run from a crazy man who was trying to kill him.  He wasn’t at war – he actually stayed home – he earned a spring off, right?  King David was bored!  It has been said that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.  Often it isn’t when life is hard that we are most susceptible to temptation, but when life is easy.

People have wondered what was David’s spiritual life like after Uriah’s murder.  We cannot know for sure, but being caught in an unrepentant sin will not end well.  It is as if we are saying to God that we do not need his forgiveness.  If we would try to stand before God on the Last Day on the merits of our own works and life, he will condemn us.  David is called a man after God’s own heart not because he was a sinner, but because he went to God for grace and mercy.  May we follow David, not into sin, but into repentance.

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