“You are the Man!” Echoed in the halls of David’s Kingdom as Nathan the prophet began to unpack the revelation of God before the sitting king. The account recorded in 2 Samuel 12 paints a glorious picture of a revealing of sin in the life of King David. The king, being otherwise blind to his sin, came to a quick understanding that he and he alone had sinned against the Most High. Being given much with the potential for so much more, David rebelled against the Lord by taking Bathsheba for himself and killing her husband Uriah. Nathan laid out the events that lead to this moment as well as the consequences.
This event to many could be perceived as a notorious “Come to Jesus meeting” and that is exactly what it was. David was confronted with his sin. During his acts, David seemingly went about these actions with not a second thought of the eternal ramifications. One act after another compounded with interest. Upon the proclamation of Nathan, David began through the conviction of God, to feel great remorse for his sin. He pinned Psalm 51 a prayer of repentance for his act of defiance against God. This Psalm pleads with God from its beginning to its end. It is a beautiful portrait of sinful man pleading to Holy God for forgiveness in the mourning of his sin.
The act of God on behalf of David is what is the most beautiful takeaway from this. God, sending a prophet, opened the eyes of the king to his undoing. His sin. Many could disagree if they like, but the very mercy of God revealed sin to this otherwise blind state in which David was operating. This very revelation is a process in sanctification! God desires to draw men unto Himself and does so by these revelations; these eye-opening occurrences in the life of His people. Going forward toward His person is the goal, and even if the forward motion is stumbling, it is progress.
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan comes to mind when Christian under the assurance of his own understanding placed himself and Hopeful in the wrong direction. By grace they were redirected and chastised for their misdirection. The illustration portrayed so well by Mr. Bunyan translates to the very walk of any Christian and their Lord. Once the Christian going in the wrong direction in life, (by committing some sinful act no matter the grossness of said sin in our thinking) God comes after His children to correct them.
Is God chastening after you? Take a moment and consider the direction you are currently heading. Is the cross of Jesus Christ before your eyes, compelling you to progress? The act that found to most prevalent in the lives of most who profess Christ as Savior is something to do with sexual sin, pride, and self-righteousness. There is just enough church activity to dull the sharpness of the conscious, to grieve the Holy Spirit, and to ignore God’s Word. Keeping the freshness and life of the scriptures in the daily life of the believer is paramount. The Word of God is where the flesh is cut off. Yet His people are destroyed because of their lack of knowledge Hosea 4:6.
In neglecting the written Word, the understanding of man begins to creep in and brings the Christian down. One thing leads to another and you begin to justify the grossness of your sin. Before you know it you have committed some of the worst of sins you would have not committed in the direction of scripture. The two young people in love begin to have pre-martial sex. The married woman sees nothing wrong with having some lunches with the co-worker who has taken interest in her. The Sunday school teacher continues to wing their lesson because they have done this before. The pastor relies on his own past righteous deeds instead on the finished work of Christ. The list goes on. These acts seemly subtle, but devastating and staunch acts against God.
The hope is that God shows up and convicts the heart so devastatingly that the believer sees that they have sinned against Him. With eyes open to the sin, the Christian can rejoice in the fact that their Lord has given them the sight of what they have done and to repent of this sin. This happens ongoing in the Christian life. RC Sproul touched on this topic in one of his conferences stating that if God were to reveal all of his sins to him at once, his head would explode. God in His mercy and grace reveals things to the Christian in the moments and steps we take with Him. Take great joy when it is expressed unto you that “you are the man!”