Seize the Moment – Day 791


We all Need a Nathan in our Lives!

2 Samuel 12


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, May 17.


When was the last time you were confronted by God through a person who loved you enough to tell you the truth? A person you trust who has permission to directly hold you accountable for your walk with Jesus. Do you have a Nathan in your life?


In 2 Samuel 12:1-15, Nathan the prophet used a story of injustice to confront King David for his sin against Uriah and Bathsheba. David was pierced to the heart through this direct confrontation, and by God’s grace, confessed his brokenness before God in 2 Samuel 12:13: “Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.’” Even though David experienced mercy for his sin, it was not without grave consequences.


For thousands of years, David’s deep contrition for his sin, as recorded in Psalm 51, has resonated with countless people who have found themselves in a place of brokenness over their own sin. I, too, have prayed these words of repentance, as first heard in verses 1-4:


Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge.


We all need to experience brokenness over our sin; therefore, we all need a Nathan in our lives who has permission to speak truth to us with a genuine love and a gentle spirit (Galatians 6:1). Who is your Nathan?


Seize the moment and ask God to give you a clean heart, to renew a steadfast spirit in you, and to restore the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:10, 12).

God bless you!
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