Hide and seek is a fun game to play. There is nothing like finding that perfect hiding that keeps you out of everyone’s sight. How much fun is it when the person doing the seeking walks right by you several times and never once realizes that your crouched, scrunched, squeezed, or crumpled into that little nook or cranny.
As much fun as hide and seek can be as a game, it is not a good strategy for the Christian life. However, we tend to follow the same rules as sometimes stumble through our lives. We mess up. We sin. We rebel. And we tend to hide it. We crouch behind that bush with alongside of Adam and Eve. We try to crumple up that sin and stuff it down deep into our pocket so no one else sees it. We might even try to deceive others so they don’t get a chance to really look into who we are and what we have done.
That is what we see this week in the story of David and Bathsheba from 2 Samuel 11. David sins, and we will talk about how that happened, and then tries to hide it. This is the dumbest thing he could do. But as a friend of mine recently said in one of his sermons, “Sin makes you stupid.”
Thankfully, God was at work and sent Nathan to David (2 Samuel 12). Nathan’s confrontation of David led to David’s confession of his sin and his repentance before God. As we study together this week, let’s not lose sight of the beautiful gift that repentance is to us. What a joy it is to know the freedom that comes through Christ and his glorious gospel.