There is a new baby coming:
We read in 2 Samuel 11:1-2, “It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing …” We all know what followed; David committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband Uriah the Hittite.
Instead of going to war with his army, where he should have been, he stayed at home, was tempted by the devil and fell into sin. David was called to fight and not to relax at home. Therefore, because he let his guard down and relaxed at home, he gave the enemy a door into his life to tempt him. Therefore, it one of the most important keys for protection, is become involved in our calling and ministry. I have noticed that when I am occupied with my calling and ministry, the enemy very seldom can influence my life with temptation and sin. But, when I am lazy and doing nothing, it is then that the enemy attacks me the most. Someone once said, “idleness is the devil’s playground.” However, this does not mean that we can never relax, but we must never let our guard down. We are all called to preach the gospel, lead sinners to Christ, to pray for the needs of people, be involved in our ministries and churches.
We read in Chapter 12 that a sick child was born as a result of David’s sin with Bathsheba. This can happen to us today, we can give birth to “sick babies” because of sin, compromise or mistakes. This can also be the result of a negative experiences, disappointments, or something that caused sadness or regret. This is often because we don’t listen to the voice of the Holy spirit and we make impulsive, wrong decisions. Sometimes a “sick child” can be something that is not under our control, such as an attack from the devil or something that we can’t explain.
We read further that David fasted, prayed, and wept before God for seven days. But in the end, the baby died. Then David had an unusual reaction. We read in 2 Samuel 12: 20, “David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate” He acted as if nothing had happened!
We then read in verse 21, “Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”22 And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether [b]the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” In other words, “There’s nothing more I can do, the baby is already dead!” They expected it to become even more sad. But instead, he got up, turned his attention from the dead child to the Lord, and began to worship God
In verse 24 we read, “Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now the Lord loved him.” God gave them a new and better child, called Solomon, and God loved Solomon. What does this mean for us today? If we have failed, or experienced disappointment or sadness, God has something better for us in the future than what we have lost in the past! He has a “new baby” for us. For God, is the God of restoration.
When God restores, he will always give us more than we have lost, better quality and quantity. We have the example of Job, who received twice as much as he lost. Another example is that of Nebuchadnezzar. When God restored him, we read that “an excellent majesty was added to him.” (Daniel 4:36) In Zechariah 9:12, we read how God wanted to restore double to the prisoners of hope. Therefore, as we take our focus away from our “dead babies” and begin to focus on the Lord and His wonderful promises in the Bible, we can receive something even better than that what we have lost. We cannot change our negative past, but with Jesus we can have a wonderful future!
Not only did David get his focus back on the Lord, he also saw the pain that Bathsheba was going through and focussed on her need! After he “comforted her,” Solomon wad born. Therefore, one of the modt impottant things we can do when we go through difficult times, is to think of others.
We have the example of Job, and in Job 42:10 we read, “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” When he stopped feeling sorry for himself and prayed for his friends, God restored him.
Therefore, there are important keys to restoration that we can extract from this story:
- Firstly: David stopped focusing on the dead child and went into the temple and worshipped the Lord. He got his focus back on the Lord! Therefore, for us today, it is futile to think about our ” dead babies,” all the time. We need to stop thinking about our failures, bad experiences and regrets and get our thoughts back on the Lord. To continually live in the past will simply cause us to lose our joy and peace and give the enemy the opportunity to steal our blessings.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the thoughts that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts for good and not for evil, to give you a future and hope.” God is a God who always wants to do “more than anything we ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20)
- Secondly: We read how David “comforted Bathsheba.” He saw the pain in her heart because she, as the mother of the child, probably suffered more than he did. In a time of loss and disappointment, it is important that we have an external focus and not forget needs of others. God often blesses and restores us when we bless others. In my own experience, when I have been through a time of disappointment and sorrow and prayed for others, God restored my my joy and healed me of my past experiences. When, we encourage others, we ourselves will be encouraged. In Proverbs 11:25b we read, “… he who waters will also be watered.”
In Job 42:12 we read: “that the Lord restored Job’s loss when he prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave him twice as much as he had before.” God turned things around for Job when he stopped feeling sorry for himself and began to pray for his friends.
- Thirdly: we read about David’s deep repentance in Psalm 51. In verse 6 we read, “Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight:” After this deep repentance, God restored what he had lost and gave them a new child. Therefore, there is often a reason why we fail, and it is very important find out what it is and repent. Disobedience is often the reason why we fail.
- Fourthly, David went back to the battle. He returned to what God had called him to do in the first place. We read in verse 28 that Joab sent a message to David and told him to return to the battle against the Ammonites and fight again. As a result of doing so, David won a great victory and received a beautiful crown as a reward.
Isaiah 43:18-19: “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”
In other words, do not focus on the negative things that have happened in the past, God has greater plans for the future. It says here, do not consider the things of old. The word consider means to think about it all the time! We need to stop dwelling in our negative pasts! It says that God wants to do a new thing! His plans for the future, are greater than what we have lost in the past. In Jeremiah 29:11, says that He will wants to give us a future and a hope. We will not experience the new thing or the new baby, if we are continually focusing on the old baby” if we always live in the past. Paul says in Philippians 3:14, “… but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, “
Even if we failed. God still wants to do something great for us and through us. In Hebrews 12:12-13 we read, “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” Just as David did, we need to stand up again and try again! Sometimes we have to stand up and try again!
Finally, we read in 1 Peter 5:7 in the Passion Translation, “Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.” God cares for us and wants to restore us. Therefore, if your “old baby has died,” the good news is, there is a “new child” coming!
In Deuteronomy 2:3, God said to the children of Israel, “You have skirted this mountain long enough; turn northward.” In other words, you have camped at this place to long, it is now time to get up and move again. Some of us have camped around our negative pasts, hurts, failures and disappointments, too long. It is now time to get up and attempt new things for God. There is a wonderful promised land ahead of us!
God is the God of hope that fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that we can abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot change our negative past, but with Jesus we can have a wonderful future! AMEN