June 22, 2022
Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 12:5-7
“You are the man!”
We read in 2 Samuel 12:5-7:
5 So David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this shall surely die! 6 And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!
When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed Uriah, he became so blinded by his sin. He knew that it was a sin, but he continued sinning. To make things worse, he didn’t see the need to repent. He felt that he got away with it. He successfully covered his tracks and now, he simply has to move on with Bathsheba as his wife.
However, we all need someone like the prophet Nathan. God sent Nathan to show David his hidden sin. To make David realize the great sin he has committed, Nathan used a story.
David was greatly angry against the man in Nathan’s story and said, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this shall surely die! And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity” (2 Samuel 12:5-6).
To David’s disappointment, the man in the story was him.
This is where we see why David was called a man after God’s own heart.
His response was simply this:
So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” 2 Samuel 12:13
There are no excuses. There’s no justification. There’s no explanation.
David acknowledged his wrongdoing and he called it what it is — sin. He didn’t say a mistake, issue, mishap, accident, or whatever.
He specifically mentioned to whom he sinned. Although his sin involved Bathsheba, Uriah, and even other people, David recognized that he ultimately sinned against the Most High.
David perfectly knew that he was sinning and yet, he was blinded by his ungodly desires to the point that his conscience was seared with a hot iron.
In the same manner, sometimes, we too can be blinded and we ignore a lot of sins in our lives. God will send a “Nathan”, whether in the form of a person, trial, or lesson, to wake us up and point out the sin we are harboring.
Once we recognize our sin, I hope we also are like David. Instead of making excuses, we accept responsibility and recognize the need to repent and change.
We all commit sins. What matters most is that we do our best to avoid and overcome sin. God knows our hearts and He will surely forgive us as long as we repent and do our best in living a life pleasing to Him.
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