Why should we have it? What should it look like?
I sought the Lord to give me a picture of brokenness, and He reminded me of the death of David’s son. (READ 2 Samuel 11-12:23)
Those familiar with God’s Word will easily recall the man after God’s own heart, David, and his great failure in sin through his adultery with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her godly husband, Uriah.
The prophet Nathan was inspired by the Lord to deliver a message to David to convict him of his sin. In godly sorrow David repented, and Nathan assured him that the Lord had removed the guilt of his sin.
The consequence of his sin, however, remained. David, without the sacrifice of Christ, still lived under law – where an eye for an eye and a death for a death are the economy.
Suffering under the curse and consequence of sin, his infant son now received a death sentence.
God is holy. Sin cannot come near Him. And the wages of sin is death. Praise God for His gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
I won’t speak here about God’s satisfaction through atonement under the law (that alone would take many more words and devoted times of discipleship than this blog will allow). I will, though, exult that we now live under grace – and I want to magnify the backwards sorrow that David displayed for his dying son. His battle for grace exemplifies for us the heart wrenching passions that afflict those aware of others who are dying under the curse of sin.
David’s grief for his son occurred in the time that the child was still living. While there was still hope he wept and grieved from the very depths of his being. He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’” This seems backwards in the context of our modern experience, wouldn’t you say? When we journey through the illness of a loved one, we maintain our hope and grieve following their departure.
It’s unfortunate that this modern form of grieving has translated into our encounter with the Lost. Are you just going along hopeful that those around you dying in sin will magically receive salvation? Are you planning on mourning their spiritual death once we’re all in eternity?
Do you think you will look down from heaven and weep over their pain, their suffering, their complete separation from the God they now desire to love?
Do you see any account in scripture that heaven will be the place of this kind of sorrow?
If we won't weep then, when will we weep?
We weep now.
When we see a child of God condemned to die because of the curse of sin and condemnation of the law apart from Christ -
We wallow on the ground.
We refuse to be lifted up.
We are heartsick.
We plead for grace in the same way David wept for his son.
Until there is no more hope of the curse’s relenting.