Put yourself in Nathan’s shoes…or sandals if you will. You’re God’s prophet during the reign of King David. God has just given you one of the toughest assignments ever.
King David has sinned and God wants Nathan to tell the King that he knows and that God isn’t happy.
Remember you’re wearing Nathan’s sandals. How do you do what God has asked you to do and still keep your life? How do you tell the King that he’s wrong, that he hasn’t acted rightly, and…he’s about to be disciplined by God?
I would never have thought about telling the King a story…but that’s what Nathan did. He told the King a story, a story that lit his fire; a story that made him want to look up this person and have them killed.
Don’t forget you’re still wearing Nathan’s sandals. Now you have to let the King know that the story is about him. The King is the one who’s done this terrible thing…and God’s really not pleased.
There’s silence. Silence so thick and heavy you’re afraid to speak and so you don’t.
Take off Nathan’s sandals. Now you’re you. Take a hard look at yourself. What do you see?
Now look at yourself through the eyes of God…what do you see? Do you see a good person or do you see someone who maybe bends the truth once in a while? Do you see someone who maybe takes advantage of situations or people sometimes?
Friends, all Nathan did was to put his voice to the wrong that David had done, the wrong that he knew deep in his heart was wrong.
We aren’t any better than King David. What voices do you hear when you look deep into your eyes in the mirror?
We can all give God thanks for his forgiving grace. Amen.