Posted: Wednesday, May 27
2 Samuel 12:1-31
Verse of the day:
Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” (2 Samuel 12:13)
It must have been a surreal moment. I mean, I wonder just how it had happened. Things were good for Israel, maybe the best they had ever been. David was king, wars were being won, and wealth was being amassed. Good times.
I have to imagine that this conversation was a difficult one for Nathan. I can imagine him sitting alone in his house, meditating on the Word and then God begins to speak. This is not a flowery sermon or a prophetic word, but a vision of sin. He sees David’s time on the roof tops. He sees David reach out and take what is his. He sees David reach out and murder. He sees.
How do you confront a leader when you see their apparent sin? How could this prophet dare to enter the presence of the King and accuse him of this wrong?
Nathan understood that David’s sin was first against God. David’s sin would have impact upon the entire land. Nathan knew that God had called him to be his voice, no matter what the consequences.
I am not saying that we should all be like Nathan and confront all of the sin that we see. However, could we have the courage to at least pray for those that we see struggling? God sometimes reveals things to be prayed for, not confronted. God may ask us to confront as well. Are you willing to risk a friendship, for the sake of a friend? Are you willing to help bring a friend not to conviction, but to repentance? Who knows, it could be your voice that God uses to change the destiny of another.