2 Samuel 12:1
And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
Sometimes we can be so lost in something that we can’t see the truth about ourselves or our situation. David had become blinded by his own sin, refusing to acknowledge it and going on as if nothing was wrong. Sometimes we need to see ourselves and our actions from a different perspective, so God sends Nathan to David with a story that will offer him some clarity. And when he sees the truth of himself clearly, he repents and can be restored to a right relationship with God.
Sin can blind us to our true condition, and at times we can go on, self-deceived, thinking things are good when in reality God is displeased with us. Maybe we’re in denial about a sin or just unaware of what we’ve done wrong. Sometimes it’s easier to stay in our ignorance than have to face it, even if it is hurting us or those around us. But God is merciful enough to send someone along to help us see the error of our ways so we can get it right, whether it’s another person or His Spirit or His Word.
And when we are convicted, may we have a humble heart. Let us carefully consider what was brought to our attention. Let us search our hearts to know the truth and be willing to repent and be restored. There may still be consequences to face, but God’s grace abounds. And certainly our relationship with God will be strengthened when our fellowship with Him is restored.
Sometimes we just need someone to come alongside us and help us get back on the right track. Sometimes God will use us like He used Nathan to be a bridge back to Him for someone else. May we be willing to be used by God in those moments to bring wise counsel, friendship, and help from the Lord to a broken life or a troubled heart. May we show love and compassion even as we speak God’s truth into someone’s life. And may we be willing to see the truth of ourselves and humbly turn back to God when we’ve fallen into sin.