Heads, you win. Tails, you lose. I think some people think this is how God handles our lives. That somehow God is up in Heaven flipping a coin, and depending on which side faces up is how He will deal with us. I'm thankful that my God is so much more complex than that.
Reading this passage about David's brokenness over the consequences for his sin, reminds me a bit of "Heads or Tails", not because that is how God deals with Him, but because we are apt to think that if David says some kind of magic prayer, he will end up with the heads side of the coin and everything will be hunky-dory. God does not work that way. If our lives were just a coin to God, why is it so many people have more Tails than Heads? If our lives were just a flip in the air, leaving things to chance, then we would have no reason to live in a way that was pleasing to God, because the outcome would never have any connection to how we lived.
|The Death of David and Bathsheba's Son--Taken from Treasures of the Bible (The United Kingdom)|
By Henry Davenport Northrop, D.D.
The International Publishing Company, 1894
Poor David. I can say that, and my emotions be little affected because I didn't know him. I can objectively read this passage and not be touched by his pain. But there are people who have impacted my life, who may be in a similar situation as David was. No, they may not be about to lose a child (or they may be), they may not have sinned as egregiously as David did, yet their sin is costing them. God may have their heart that is in no way connected to mistakes or unholiness. Those Davids may be beseeching God for mercy in their lives. And God will give it. But not necessarily in the situation they are in. After God took David's child, despite the broken heart, the earnest prayers, God was merciful. How? God gave David another son, Solomon. And He allowed him to win another battle against the Ammonites, the battle they should have won when Uriah was killed. God created us. He knows how best to keep us alive and afresh for Him. Just because I say it doesn't make us automaton's devoid of emotion and reason, yahooing every difficult circumstance in our lives. But it makes me feel a whole lot better knowing that the One who created my heart, knows exactly what to do with it. And that gives me much more peace than a coin flip.