God forgave David his sin, but look at the blessings David forfeited by falling. Look at what he gave up for his affair with Bathsheba, the hidden cost he paid for detouring from the path God laid before him. “I appointed you king over Israel,” God said to David, “and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more” (2 Samuel 12: 7-8).
God was waiting in the wings with blessings that David hadn’t even
imagined, blessings that He longed to shower upon His servant. Blessings
that may have been greater than all the things He had ever done for
David in the past. Yet because of his sin, David would live and die
never knowing what they were. “And if all this had been too little, I
would have given you even more,” God said.
Nothing pleases God more than showering His children with wonderful
blessings. Heaven is filled with glorious mercies just waiting to be
released on servants who remain faithful—servants who embrace the
covenant that God has created for those who stay true to the will and
purpose that He sets before them. And those blessings aren’t reserved
just for kings and warriors, but for you and me. For anyone who calls
But how and when those blessings come remains entirely up to us. It
is our obedience that releases them from God’s hand and brings them into
our lives. We can live in God’s will and experience His mercies each
day, or we can walk our own path and forfeit them.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that
we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).
Nicky Cruz, internationally known
evangelist and prolific author, turned to Jesus Christ from a life of
violence and crime after meeting David Wilkerson in New York City in
1958. The story of his dramatic conversion was told first in The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson and then later in his own best-selling book Run, Baby, Run.