I was confronted recently with some unpleasant news which came from someone I hold dear. She didn’t tell me anything that I couldn’t change, but the news was about ME. Gosh, what courage that must have taken, what tact she had in approaching me! Her words were seasoned with wisdom and she confronted the sin in my life head on. I walked away from that meeting renewed with a strength that I didn’t even know I possessed. I am also struggling with another woman in my life who reminds me so very much of the person I used to be. I am guilty of condemning her but only because the flaws I see in her are the very ones that I see in myself. I can’t change anyone, but I must ask God to help me understand MYSELF so that I can see what I can change about Julie. In essense I have before me the woman I desire to be and I have before me the woman I can’t go back to and I am stuck in the middle.
2 Samuel 12:1-13 – The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ 11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’” 13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.
THAT PERSON IS YOU! What a revelation! So many times we condemn others when we are only talking to about ourselves. The very thing I despise is the person I have become. Because David CHOSE to listen to instruction, repented of his sin, and prayed for everyone being affected by his actions, the Lord then blessed him. I can no longer hide from JULIE. I must face who I am and be willing to do something different. With God’s help, I will be the change I desire to see and I will be blessed.
You can read 2 Samuel 12-15 about David’s rebuke, his blessing of Solomon, the death of his first child with Bathsheba, and Absolom at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #2Samuel
Micah 7:18-19 – Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
The Lord desires to show mercy. He is glad when we repent and His forgiveness flows freely!