David, a man after God’s own heart, was chosen by God to be the king of Israel. God directed the prophet Samuel to anoint David in secret as Israel’s future king. Twenty-four years later, he was anointed by Israel to be their king.
Fast forward. Adultery. Murder. Abuse of power. Do these sound like the actions of someone who would have a special place in God’s heart?
Surprisingly, the Bible shows us that King David was a man who found special favor with God, even though he was guilty of all those things. And, as it is with all of us, David paid a steep price for his sin. But the Bible also shows us that David recognized his mistakes and called them what they were – sins against God. He asked God’s forgiveness and then committed himself to live God’s way.
Even though we may not have done the same things that David did, we have all sinned. God’s Word says, “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He died to pay the penalty for our sins and to offer us forgiveness.
When you mess up, confess your sin to God just like David did. Ask for God’s forgiveness and for strength to resist sin in the future. Anything you say won’t be a surprise to Him. He knows everything, and He certainly knows your heart. But He is the only answer to man’s ultimate problem of sin.