It is undeniable the influence that Chuck Swindoll has had in my life. Approximately 18 years ago when I decided to turn my life completely over to God and submerse myself in His Word, I have regularly turned to The Bible Teaching Ministry of Charles Swindoll. His teaching is practical, biblically sound and continues to challenge me to grow.

At Who Me Be A Leader, we periodically like to highlight some of his teaching in hopes that it will also challenge you and encourage you and cause you to examine yourself. As we have always said, we believe a life unexamined is not a life worth living.

The Consequences of Sin are evident if you will read 2 Samuel 11:1-12:13.

Nathan didn’t come on his own; he was sent by God: “Then the Lord sent Nathan to David.” I think the most important word in that sentence is the first one, “then.” God’s timing is absolutely incredible.

When was he sent? Right after the act of adultery? No. Right after Bathsheba said, “I am pregnant”? No. Right after he murdered Uriah? No. Right after he married Uriah’s pregnant widow? No. Right after the birth of the baby? No. It’s believed by some Old Testament scholars that there was at least a twelve month interval that passed before Nathan paid that visit. God waited until just the right time. He let the grinding wheels of sin do their full work, and then He stepped in.

To be totally honest with you, there are times when I really question the timing of God. Times when I just don’t know why He’s so slow to carry out what I think He ought to do. But every time I have looked back in retrospect, I have seen how beautifully He worked out His plan, how perfectly it had come to pass. God not only does the right thing; He does the right thing at the right time.

In confronting someone in his sin, the timing is as important as the wording. Most importantly, you need to be sure that you are sent by God. Nathan was.

In his sin, David had despised the God he served. Now as a result of that sin, in days and years to some, David would experience grief within his own household.

Thus says the Lord, “Behold, I will raise up evil
against you from your own household; I will even take
your wives before your eyes and give them to your
companion, and he shall lie with your wives in broad
daylight. Indeed, you did it secretly, but I will do
this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.”
(2 Samuel 12:11-12)

Whew! Talk about the consequences of sin. David sits there with his mouth still open, leaning back, perhaps staring at the ceiling, listening to the voice of God from Nathan.

David, realizing he was absolutely guilty, admitted without hesitation, “I have sinned. I’ve sinned against the Lord.” With that admission, restoration began.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives(2005).

God sends different people into our lives for different reasons. Some to teach us, some to correct and some to reproof. Just as God sent Nathan to speak the truth to David, in love. He also sends people in to our lives for the same purpose. We need to not be quick to dismiss correction or get angry, but take time to examine yourself and receive this as it may be coming from God. Ask yourself, “Is what this person saying true and does it line up with God’s Word?” 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It is then that our restoration begins.

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