Meditations on the Twelve Steps

Recovery: It's a God Thing
Friday May 22, 2015

by Teresa McBean

Scripture Reading for today: Ezra 1 and 2; Mark 13

David is a biblical character of epic proportions. He was the slayer of the giant, Goliath; “a man after God’s own heart;” the best king to ever rule Israel; shepherd; musician; writer; and good looking. David had it going on. He had some hardships too. His brothers ridiculed him, and as Rodney Dangerfield would have said, “He got no respect.” As an apprentice to King Saul, David triggered Saul’s insecurities and was eventually hunted down like a dog. On and on go David’s traumas.

David experienced a variety of life events that could easily block his view of personal sin. David’s humanity results in making sinful choices, including adultery and murder–serious stuff. For years David hopes that his role as King and his history of heroic deeds will cover over his sinful behavior.

God has other ideas. He loves David too much to allow him to be devastated by a failure to complete a meaningful step four and five. So God sends Nathan, a prophet, and David’s sin is exposed. The list of all the people hurt by this sin was enormous, and we’ll talk about that in a later step. But to me, the fascinating part of David’s confession is his awareness of the enormity of his sin before God.

Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight.” Psalm 51:4 NLT

David has a moment of clarity and realizes that although he has sinned against many, his greatest sin is against God.

All a man’s ways seem innocent to him but motives are weighed by the Lord. Proverbs 16:2 NIV