Recently I was traveling through Atlanta with my daughter Amelia. We had paused at a stoplight and Amelia motioned towards the cars ahead of us and said, “Does he know?” I assumed she was talking about the Lexus in front of us that had a brake light blinking on and off in his back window. So I said, “No, he probably doesn’t and I am surprised such a nice car would have a loose connection like that.”
She frowned at me and asked, “What are you talking about?”
I pointed to the Lexus and asked, “Aren’t you talking about that brake light?”
“No ma’am”, she replied, “I am talking about that semi truck that is missing a door.” She pointed beyond the Lexus to the big truck.
We had both been looking the same direction, but what we had seen and what we were looking at was completely different.
In the following passage, we find David and God had different views on the same subject:
II Samuel 12:1-14
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.
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
God knew David had committed adultery AND murder and David knew David had committed adultery AND murder.
God was displeased, but David continued on with his life.
God had to send Nathan to get David’s attention.
David had gotten back up on his throne and was ready to judge the rich man in Nathan’s story instead of dealing with his own egregious actions.
I find it very interesting that David has already penned the 34th Psalm where he says:
18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
David knew God’s viewpoint of man, but David had gotten his perspective twisted because of sin. How often do we find ourselves doing the VERY same thing? We KNOW what God’s Word says but we dismiss It in our lust to sin.
This is why daily dwelling in God’s Word is so vital to our lives. The Word reminds us of God’s Holiness and His viewpoint on our sin.
It’s when we leave off prayer and meditation in the Scripture that we forget to be contrite in front of God. We get up on the thrones of our hearts and begin to rule instead of letting Christ have His rightful place.
David agreed with Nathan in the end and admits to his faulty position and view:
13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
We are starting a new week. How about you and I examining ourselves today and starting out the week with God’s perspective? Let’s agree with Him in everything we have done and are doing. Confess what needs to be confessed because it sure is nice to know God will be nigh to us when we are humbled before Him. I want Him near me as I face this week, don’t you?
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s Reading: Exodus 24 / II Samuel 17-18 / Psalm 40 / Acts 16