Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
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Have You Met Your Nathan?

From II Samuel, chapters five through eleven, we are given a record of many of the exploits of King David, the second king of Israel. We see his ascension to power as well as many of his military victories. On one hand we see his dedication to the Lord and his compassion. He cared deeply for Israel and her people. However, on the other hand, in the midst of his humanity, we see laid out before us the exploits of his old sin nature. Greatness is no match against the destroyer of the soul. The sin nature cares not about the good qualities we may possess nor any capabilities we may have in giving service to the Lord’s work.

King David allowed his position as king of Israel to go to his head. Publicly he was a national hero, but privately he was torn between right and wrong just as much as the next man. He was indeed chosen of God. He was gifted in the art of warfare. He was a talented musician and a fine writer of poetry, but he was also a man easily moved by his sinful desires. His well known fall from grace left shame upon him and his entire household. It was a shame that never departed his house, nor his heart. And yet, the Lord made a covenant with him that of his seed there would be an eternal kingly line. That line found its stopping point in Jesus Christ, the virgin born offspring that would come many generations to follow.

We all know the conversation Nathan the prophet had with David as found in II Sam.12.

God used Nathan as His communicator of truth to bring David to his senses, to save him from complete ruin of his soul and God’s destructive curse upon Israel.

God used Nathan to point out the flaws in David’s character because David had forgotten to reverence God. He needed this confrontation with the truth about the direction his life was going in before he would be able to do some serious soul searching. Would he scoff at Nathan’s rebuke, or would he turn his heart back to the Lord? David knew right from wrong as it applied to other men’s sins, but he had over looked this in his own life.

Perhaps he assumed his victorious service to God gave him a pass at personal holiness. Perhaps his occasional gestures of kindness convinced him that he was a good person. He was a good Jew and I am sure he kept the Law as well as any Jew. He went to worship faithfully and he heard the servants of the Lord speak the word of the Lord. He listened to the Lord intently when the need was pressing. He prayed sincerely to God on a regular basis. He gave God the credit for his successes in life, but David had become insensitive to his wayward thinking. He had become accustomed to worship and prayer and all that was expected of him. He went through the motions of being a man of God, but somewhere along the line he left God behind.

He began to identify his life by what he did as a man rather than by what he was as a man. He was in touch with himself, and the things that pleased him, but somewhere along the way he lost touch with God, and what pleased God.

The prophet Nathan exposed David for the hypocrite he had become. David said one thing, but he lived for another.

May I ask you, have you met your "Nathan"? Has someone somewhere along the Christian path of which you have sojourned in this life come along and introduced you to yourself?

Perhaps you’ve found yourself having a conversation with someone who may or may not know the real you. He or she brings into the conversation either a real situation which he or she has experienced in his or her life, or a situation of which he or she confides in you. As you are listening, you begin to see your character being played out in the life of the party with whom he or she is speaking. You listen and you nod in agreement. Your conscience goes to work. Your heart starts beating a little faster and harder, and your countenance melts. You sense your mask is coming off before the other person’s very eyes. It’s as if the person was playing back a recording of your real testimony, not the one that others usually see. Conviction by the Holy Spirit grips your heart and you cannot wait for the conversation to end. You feel uncomfortable now, and you can’t wait for the other person to leave.

Finally you find a quiet time to get away by yourself, and you evaluate what the other person said. You have to be honest with yourself because your conscience will not leave you alone.

You see clearly where you have failed. The Lord has led this “Nathan” into your path to help you become a better believer. The truth of what this person has said is meant to root out the hypocrisy in your own life. If you and I will allow this divine catharsis to work for us it will remove sin and pride and bitterness from our hearts. This divine intervention will be the impetus that will change the wrong in us and make us right with God. It will be a liberating experience as the truth about ourselves sets us free.

The question is how will we respond? Will we bow our backs in defiance and say that bad person is not me, or will we be completely honest with ourselves and agree?

Every believer needs a wake up call from time to time as we traverse along the Christian pathway. We all are subject to straying from God’s will and God’s favor.

Complacency is a dangerous mindset. It is indifference to what is going on in our lives, and indifference leads to defiance. King David allowed this mindset to put him in a spiritual fog. He was headed toward an untimely demise and according to many scholars, an early exit from this world. God was sorely displeased with David.

In closing this letter, I ask you as I ask myself; do we want to know if God is displeased with our lives? And if so, are we willing to do as King David did, and turn back to the Lord?

Have you met your Nathan?

The Pastor
September 2010