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winning, when you strike out!

By Scott Dyer
May 27, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

2 Samuel 12:1-31
John 16:1-33
Psalm 119:65-80
Proverbs 16:4-5

“Scott! Show some humility! Show some sportsmanship!” My Dad reprimanded me for starting the “We want a pitcher, not a belly itcher!” chant upon returning to the bench after being the eighth batter of the inning to cross home plate. I don’t think I knew what “humility” meant, but I knew what he meant - “Have some class, and show some respect!”

A few years later in Bible study I was taught the passage, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” And, overtime I learned to not brag in front of others, I learned the culture of “Give God the glory”, and I tried harder to build others up.

In today’s passage from 2 Samuel 12 David has also learned to play the “good believer” game, and he fumes with self-righteous anger as Nathan tells him the story of the rich man who stole and killed the poor man’s only lamb. David goes as far as to say the rich man deserves to die and then he pompously quotes the Jewish law, that if someone steals and kills his neighbor’s sheep he should repay fourfold (Ex 22:1). David is so confident that he is standing up for justice in a way that God would be proud of him, right up until the moment that Nathan says, “You are that man!”

Wow!! Curveball, King David!

I’m so thankful for stories like this throughout the Bible. People like David, Moses, and Jesus’ disciples, who clearly love God, fall away for a moment or a season because of their human fears and arrogance, yet are brought back by the grace of God and his steadfast love.

Recently, God has revealed to me some new areas of sin in my life, things that I had been blind to that I didn’t want to accept were there. This story reminds me that God’s mercy “to take away his [David’s] sin” is also offered to me. Unfortunately instead of joyously accepting his love, I often choose to punish and reprimand myself, even when God, who knows my true depravity infinitely better than I, is still willing to love me!

I need to remember that even when I strikeout for the umpteenth time, on God’s team I’m a winner!

To memorize:

No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

— John 16:27

Prayer to start with: Lord, I love being teammates with you. I'm thankful you bestow forgiveness and not shame and guilt. Your word reprimands with grace and mercy. I'm thankful for your love. Amen.