I have been meditating my way through 2 Samuel and I am right smack in the middle of the story of David and Uriah the Hittite – husband of Bathsheba. This is the part where Nathan the prophet comes in and tells David the allegory of the rich man and the poor man.
If you are not familiar with this story you can read it here. [2 Samuel 11 & 12] It is one of the most compelling Old Testament stories in the book. A story of sex and murder, and oh so much DRAMA.
So… Nathan finishes and David says:
“And he must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.” (2 Samuel 12:6 NASB)
No Compassion - Really David? This is mind-boggling, as David's indictment is that the man had no compassion. David, King of all Israel and husband of a few wives just murdered a man in order to take his wife.
We do this though, don’t we? We judge others by what they do, yet when we judge ourselves, we only look at what we think or believe.
Even when we are caught in a clear violation of what is right –what we believe – we will excuse it by saying “I am not like that, that was really out of character for me.”
Have you ever told a lie? I strive to be honest at all times. However one day, I found my self in a sticky situation where a lie would get me out of a bunch of hot water. Before I knew what was happening, my self-preservation kicked in and I heard myself lying!
AAAAHHHHRRRRGGGG – I hate that! I hate to be lied to, and I despise liars. (oh, that’s right – I hate the sin and love the sinner – I should strike that)
The next temptation (they hunt in packs you know) was right on the heals of my lie. That was to cover it up to others, and to justify it to myself. There was some great self-talk going on in my head. Ben, you’re not like that – that’s not you – it was just a little lie, and no one got hurt.
Thankfully, the Spirit of the living God lives in me, and He began to fight off the hounds of hell with His word, which was hidden inside me. [Tweet This] He reminded me of what John said:
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. (1John 3:7)
Apparently, my outward behavior is actually a demonstration of who and what I am, so I needed to fix this! I had things to do.
- Confess to God
- Confess to the person I lied to
- Make it right – not matter the cost!
So, does this incident prove that I am a sinner? Au contraire! (pardon my French) Actually, this is a demonstration of how the Spirit of God makes all things new. At times like this, where I find myself in sin, the Spirit quickly convicts me, by specifically pointing out what I did wrong, and gives me a clear path to restoration.
And in those cases, especially when the ones I have sinned against are outside the faith, there is a huge opportunity for evangelism, simply because the only thing more uncommon in the world today than an honest man, is a man who will confess to his lie. People are flabbergasted when you confess to them.
I will often (sadly) have to apologize for my sarcasm, or hurtful words I have spoken, and when I call a business colleague back and apologize for the way I spoke with them, they are shocked.
Here is the big thought – If you find you have done something that does not line up with who you think you are – don’t just say, that is not like me – confess it, and repent and change! Be conformed to the image of Christ. You can’t get more like Christ until you know where you differ. Then transformation can come.
Has confessing to someone outside the faith ever given you an opportunity for witness?
Thanks for reading today.