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II SAMUEL 12:9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. 15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. 18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? 19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

In the verses above we are told the story of David's great fall from the grace of God. He had sinned greatly. He had lusted after Uriah's wife, Bathsheba and even commited murder to have her. Because of his sin, his baby was condemned to die. I can't imagine living with the guilt that I was responsible for my baby's death; especially if it was caused from my sin! I'm not sure I would have been able to do as David did here. After learning of his infant son's death, he got up, cleaned up and ordered something to eat. I don't think I could eat much after the death of a child, especially if that death was my fault!

It is human nature for us to get down and depressed after a trauma. The trick is getting back up again. We have all laughed at the commercial of the old lady who falls and presses her medical aid button and says, "I have fallen and I can't get up." But too many times those words exactly describes how we feel after something bad happens in our lifes. Sometimes it seems like life is at an end. Seems we just can't go on living; but let me assure you life does go on. The sooner we realize that, the easier it is to get up. Life is just a series of small steps. And in order to step you have to put one foot in front of the other. Anyone can fall and just lay there but it takes courage to drag yourself up and keep on going.

Did you ever lose a job? What did you do? You got out and found another job. When a friend or loved one dies, life goes on. You have to mourn and then get over it and get on with life. There are other people in your life who need you. Other people out there just waiting to get to know you. (Of course, I know no one can take the place of a lost loved one. I have lost a brother and my father. But other loved ones can help ease the pain if you will let them!) Have you ever tried to lose weight but nothing worked? You can't just give up. That's the same as falling and not trying to get up. TRY AGAIN ! A lot of things in life are hard. God never promised us life would be easy. He just promised that He would be there to help us when we need Him. We have so much power we never even use because we fail to call on Him for help when the going gets hard. The next time you are facing something hard, lean on Him. He is strong and he can hold you up. Everytime you fall, He is just waiting for you to ask Him to help you up. I'm reminded of a song I used to sing with my kids a long time ago. Part of the chorus goes:

He picks me up
Wipes off my sin
Then puts me on my feet again.
Yes, He loves me
As small as I am!

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David knew as long as his child was alive there was hope his life might be saved. He also knew once the child died there was no hope of saving him but he could live his life so there was a chance of seeing him again someday. What do you think about his reaction to the news of his son's death?

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