Lord, You are long-suffering and full of mercy. Help me understand Your heart when You bring light and truth.
2 Samuel 12:1-25
How do you respond to correction?
The prophet Nathan tells David the story of a rich man taking everything from a poor man. David feels righteous anger at the crime committed, and then Nathan drops the bombshell: David is the rich man (7)! David probably thought he had gotten away with his adultery (ch. 11), but God has seen and heard everything. He is displeased with David (11:27).
Although David realizes he is the sinner in the story, he could have tried to cover up the sin. Many rulers imprisoned or killed prophets for highlighting their sin, but David finally acknowledges the sovereignty of God (13). If only he had acknowledged God's lordship in chapter 11!
God had richly blessed David, and yet in greed, he desired more. Perhaps we, like David, need reminding of the great provision and blessings we have received from God. The well-known hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness springs to mind. It might help to combat our desire for more.
One last question to consider: Although David and Saul both sin, why does David retain his kingship while Saul loses his?
Turn over any ambition or desire for more that is pulling you toward sin. Recognize and thank God for all he has given.
Lord, thank You for sending those who speak truth. May we, like David, receive the exposing word as a gift from You.