Preface: Obeying the law is not in conflict with grace. Keeping the law is what we receive strength to do as a result of receiving God’s grace.

Too often you hear people saying, “I did that because . . .” or “Had it not been for . . .” when they are found involved in any wrong act.

What happened to our first parents after sinning informs us of the source of such excuses. In an interview with God, each of them had an excuse for the Fall. Adam blamed Eve for giving him the forbidden fruit, hence indirectly blaming God who gave him Eve to him. Eve blamed Satan implying that had God not created the serpent she would not have fallen.

David, a son of Jesse, was the second king of Israel, who reigned between 1010 and 970 B.C. He had a close connection with God, and God manifested great favor toward him. It is written of him that he “administered judgment and justice to all his people” (2 Sam. 8:15, NKJV).

One spring, however, David sent his army to war while he remained in Jerusalem (11:1-15). One day while walking around the roof of the palace he saw a woman bathing, and her beauty tempted him. He ultimately slept with her, and she became pregnant. The woman whose fatal beauty proved a snare to David was the wife of Uriah the Hittite. Uriah was one of David’s bravest and most faithful officers. David knew that God’s law pronounced a death penalty for adultery. Fearing the outcome, David sought to cover his sin by killing Uriah, so he added another sin.

Nevertheless, David’s sin became known and the Lord was dishonored. Through Nathan the prophet, God sent a message of reproof to David (12:1-12). With trembling lips, David confessed his sin (Ps. 51:1-12), and God forgave him.

God’s promise is sure: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, NIV). But how many are ready to acknowledge their sins? How many will give excuses for their fall? How does God then consider excuses? Read Isaiah 29:15 and Proverbs 28:13.

Guilty people may attempt, as David did, to conceal their sins from others. They may seek to cover their evil deeds forever from human sight, but nothing “in all creation is hidden from God’s sight” (Heb. 4:13). “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known” (Matt. 10:26).