We have been looking at some possible speakers for our upcoming GMM Conference on November 21st (tentative date) and one of them tweaked my thoughts. That still happens now and then – even being a little seasoned as I am.
His Talk was on David and Bathsheba – and what David had done to get his way with her and the circumstance going into this event. The part that really got me thinking was the aftermath of events after it all had been done (Adultery – Murder – Lies). David still did not see what he had done wrong until Nathan was sent to talk with him. Story below:
2 Samuel 12:1-7 Nathan Rebukes David
12 The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.
(There is more to the story that you will have to read on your own).
What really got to me is: David had one of the greatest hearts for God and lost it because of a circumstance he put himself into. Then it took someone else to show him what was keeping him from having that Awesome Relationship with God and that he needed to correct it. In the end he did what was right and Solomon was born – but he had allot to go through before it was corrected.
So What is keeping our Relationship with Christ from being at its Best? I was challenged recently by a 2 minute YouTube on sharing my faith – and at the same time my Tuesday night Bible study is on the Great Commission. There are times that I hold back in showing my faith. Recently (twice) – I have had Breakfast/Lunch with a few of the guys I know and they wanted to hold hands and pray before the meal… IN Public….. Really….. This is one of the Greatest ways to show your faith without saying a word… and I was struggling with it. It took a two minute YouTube to tell me what I did not want to here… (Just as Nathan was telling David). Now this may not compare to the David event – but at the present time it is what was keeping me from expressing my belief (I had No Spine).
As Paul Harvey would state and: The rest of the story after a severe punishment to David was some real “Radical Truth and Grace – with allot of Love”. David corrected his mistakes and we can do the same… We must have the Best Relationship with Christ that is possible and it may take some tweaking.
So the challenge this week is: Do you have that someone or something that can Help you identify what is keeping you from having the relationship with Christ that you must have. Look for those moments that may be identifying an area that needs to be changed in order for you to have the Greatest Relationship Possible.