2 Samuel 11:18-27

2 Samuel 11:18-27

2 Samuel 11:27Vintage message from July 4, 1999.

God can use our sin. God is not afraid of our sin. God doesn’t want us to sin, but He is not afraid to use who we are and what we are, and if we will stand up in the face of a dying and lost world and say, “Yes, I’m a Christian. Yes, I believe in God. I’ve received Jesus into my life, but that doesn’t mean that I’m perfect.” That is the greatest witness that we can be to a dying world, because they’re lost in that sin, and they don’t understand the love and the forgiveness that we understand. And by us being open, instead of trying to hide it, if we’ll just be open, it has a great effect on the world…

And this brings me to a very, very important point. I don’t care who you are, I don’t care how long you’ve walked with God, when you determine to sin, God will let you sin. God will let you dig yourself in the depths of sin so deep that you will never find a way to get yourself out of that hole… The one question that I have dealt with in unbelievers most of my life as a Christian is, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?…” Because God, even though He is a loving and caring and forgiving God,…has given us the right to choose… He lets us sin. He lets us choose to sin, and He does not always stop the effect of the sin that we commit, and sometimes innocent people suffer…

And this is where we also, as believers, go wrong: we think that we can succeed in our sin. We think that we can do what we want and, as long as nobody else sees it or we get rid of all the evidence, we’re safe! But understand, there is Someone watching. No matter what we do, no matter where we go, and no matter what we think, the God Who created us is watching. Carefully watching. The same God that loves to bless us, the same God that loves to forgive us, the same God that loves to work in us and for us, is also watching when we work against Him. He’s not afraid to let us fail. He’s not afraid to let us sin. But even though He’s not afraid to let us do those things, He’s also not afraid to watch. He knows what we’re doing. He doesn’t turn His head away. He keeps His eyes open watching who we are and what we’re doing… You can sin, if you choose, and God may let you “get away with it and,” you know, some…may go years and years and years before their sin catches up to them.

Pastor Dave Elkins