November 10th, 2017
A Gravely Ill or Injured Child
2 Samuel 12:22-23 (KJB) And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? 23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
David had a young infant child who became gravely ill.
This illness could have come about because of David’s choice to sin with Bathsheba. Yes, a man’s choice to grievously sin can and does follow into the lives of his children and grandchildren for generations. A disobedient father does not necessarily usher in early death for a child but his choices can certainly bring about unnecessary suffering and trials into the life of his offspring.
David understood the that keys of both life and death (Revelation 1:18) are held in the hands of God. The result of his own suffering child was outside of his hands or control. David understood that he would have to be satisfied, or content, with God’s will in this matter, whatever it was to be.
God can save a life, revive a life, or take a life according to His will and timing. David prayed for preservation of his young child. However, God chose to not spare his life without any further explanation to David.
The end of a young life is a hard, hard thing to understand or deal with. The truth is that coffins come in all sizes and there is no life on this earth that is not subject to the will and way of God. Death at any age is hard to understand inside the limitations of our human reasoning and our vantage point of this earth but, yes, all things will make perfect sense in the eternal realm.
Many parents and families have faced similar circumstances of a gravely ill or injured child. It is not always the case that they, or their parents, have grievously sinned to bring this circumstance upon themselves. While sin can and does cause grave circumstances, a sickness or sudden injury which comes to any person, child or adult, is used in bringing about the will of God, but not necessarily tied together with the presence of a great personal sin, as it perhaps was possible in this particular case to do with David’s young son.