2 Samuel 12:1-7
The LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, “There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and raised. It grew up together with him, and with his children. It ate of his own food, drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was to him like a daughter. A traveler came to the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man who had come to him, but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man who had come to him.” David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this is worthy to die. He shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”
As a prophet of the Lord, Nathan was required to confront sin. Even if it was the kings sin. This took courage and tact to do so. From these scriptures above, I have two main lessons that I want to share with everyone.
First, that David was so numb to the sin he committed when he had Uriah killed and married Bathsheba. David could not realize that the man in the story was himself. Sometimes you need to take a step back in life and understand that you were once a horrible sinner and committed a multitude of sins. Just because you are in a better place either spiritually, financially, or any other way, you are not better than anyone else. We all sin and fall short of God’s glory. You must always remember to be humble or someone else will humble you.
Secondly, sometimes you will have to present someone with bad news. A family member, friend, or co-worker. Pray for wisdom and clarity to present the message to them. If you want a positive reaction to the message, you will have to phrase it properly. Many times it is not what you say, but how you say it that can make a negative message bearable.
I pray that both these short lessons help someone out today. Please have a blessed day y’all!