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That Man

That Man

06 May 2009

Scripture:

So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor…” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man!” (2 Samuel 12:1, 7a NLT)

*Note to my friends: Please receive this bit of advice from me. Thoughtfully read 2 Samuel 11-12 and Psalm 51 at least once every year. Think about it often. Realize that every one of us is capable of willful sin and of incredible effort to cover it up.

David committed adultery with the wife of Uriah, one of his bravest and most trusted warriors. When he discovered she was pregnant, he first tried to get Uriah to go and sleep with her so that he would think the child was his. When Uriah refused, David used his authority and power to arrange to have him killed. Then David took Uriah’s wife Bathsheba to be one of his wives.

It’s amazing how messed up our thinking can become, once we start down the pathway of sin and cover-up!

David had a friend, Nathan, who was a prophet. Nathan loved God enough to listen and obey him and he loved David enough to tell him the truth even when he didn’t want to hear it.

I can put myself on either side of the David – Nathan story. Have I intentionally included among my friends a man who loves God and loves me and will tell me the truth when I’m headed in the wrong direction? Am I a friend who will risk the anger of another and tell the truth even when it hurts?

Prayer:

5 O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you. 6 Don’t let those who trust in you stumble because of me, O Sovereign Lord Almighty. Don’t let me cause them to be humiliated, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:5-6 NLT)

Father, you know my potential for self-deception. I ask you to give me a Nathan-friend who listens to you and loves me enough to tell me the truth. Please help me to be that kind of friend to someone else. Amen.

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