|Today’s Scripture: And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. II Samuel 12:7a|
The king’s security officials ushered the aging prophet to the magnificent throne room. He had visited many times before. King David was a man after God’s own heart, so Nathan had grown accustomed to relaying messages from the Lord to him. But on this occasion, he did not bear glad tidings.
Nathan bowed his head, took a deep breath, and began his story. A rich man and a poor man were neighbors in the Judean countryside. The rich man owned thousands of livestock while the poor man possessed only a single lamb he had nursed from infancy. A guest came to visit the man of wealth. Rather than killing one of his own sheep, he took the poor man’s ewe and killed it for the guest.
David was incensed at the man’s insensitivity. Nathan’s words pierced David’s heart: “Thou art the man.”
What will it take for you to acknowledge your sins before God? Does a godly person need to expose your sin, or will you confess on your own? Each of us wrestles with sin on a daily basis. To refuse to acknowledge our shortcomings before God is to deceive ourselves. Our sins will find us out. Whether we’ve told a little white lie or engaged in immoral behavior, the truth will surface in time.
The fastest route to healing is confession. God wants to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Don’t challenge His guilty verdict.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.