We all have a proverb, “To err is human”. But how many of us accept the error that we make?
David the anointed by Lord as the King of Israel, made an unforgivable sin. He took the wife of Uriah for himself and killed Uriah too. This is completely unacceptable to human’s eye, and a sin in the sight of Lord who gave ten commandments as to how a human should be. After knowing all the right and wrong, he sinned! Lord sent Nathan, a prophet to King David to let him understand what he did was sin. Bible clearly says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
When Nathan, the prophet rebuked King David on his behavior, King David accepts his mistake in front of the court and before the eyes of the Lord. Merciful Lord, soon forgives King David and declared through Prophet Nathan that he is not going to die for his sins (2 Samuel 12).
So, at least for the God’s sake, when you do a mistake, be it small or large, accept it!
In contrast, King David’s predecessor – Saul, Israel’s first anointed King by Lord, does a mistake by not following the order Lord gave him. Lord instructed him, “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.” (1 Samuel 15:3). “But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.” (1 Samuel 15:9).
This time, God sends Samuel, the prophet to Saul to make him understand about the sin that he made before the eyes of the Lord. When asked, “Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.” (1 Samuel 15:15). He instead of accepting the mistake that he made, blames on his soldiers – “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them”. (1 Samuel 15:24).
King Saul was not upright as King David was, he tried to prove his actions were right, he tried to blame his soldiers. In spite of being the King of Israel, he lame excused that he was afraid of the men ranked below him. God did not like his approach, he rejected him as the King over Israel.
From these two instances, we can conclude, never try to prove your act, never blame on others, just accept the mistake that you did!