When we are forced to look in God’s mirror

By: Lisa Wilmore

Scripture Reading

Then the Lord sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him: “There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds. But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him. And a traveler came to a rich man, who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him; but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” So David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who had done this shall surely die”…Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man” (2 Samuel 12:1-7a NKJV).

My Christian Friends,

What happens to our opinions of others’ failures when we are forced to look in God’s mirror at our imperfections? Would we remain judgmental of those persons? Or, desire that God extends His grace to them as He would to us? Well, we must not be oblivious (unmindful) of our sins while ready to punish others for theirs.

Essentially, it is important that we guard our thoughts when viewing others who may have wronged someone without examining ourselves first. We may find ourselves in guilt of condemning individuals, including family members, who inexcusably commit sinful acts. Nevertheless, we must not fail to look in God’s mirror at our own failures.

David, in aforementioned text, is forced to look in God’s mirror. God sends Nathan, the prophet, to confront him about his sin with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. He narrates to him a parable describing a man’s immoral behavior. As a result, David becomes angry at the man in the story and suggest that he should be killed and whatever he had taken from the poor man should be given back to him four times over. Nathan told David that he is the guilty man.

David was forced to look at himself in God’s mirror and see the sin that he had committed against God. Even though God forgave him, the consequences of his sin was far greater than what he could imagine.

We should never look at others with condemnatory eyes. After all, like David, we may be forced to look in God’s mirror.