Depending upon where you reside, you might come in contact with individuals who exhibit alarming qualities. Some people go through life pretending to possess certain beliefs, principles and virtues. Unfortunately, these qualities are rarely demonstrated, cheap words void of action, behavior or any semblance of consistency. To successfully confront these type of people, you have to speak in hypothetical terms. Like a client during a session with a psychologist claiming they have a friend who has an issue, when in reality they are the person in the story. Thus, you have to carefully approach certain situations in question with kid gloves.
David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 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, 2 Samuel 12:5-7.
This is the strategy the prophet Nathan takes in the passage above. Nathan knew King David, a former shepherd, would respond to injustice committed against one of his previous occupations. This story spoke to David, enraged by what the awful outcome. Like a fisherman using the perfect bait for a specific fish, David bought the hypothetical analogy hook, line and sinker. The illustration uncovered David’s act adultery with Bathsheba, the killing of her husband and eventual marriage. When truth reveals the darkness of sin, something’s gotta give.
But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him, John 11:10.
As more and more people grow up without attending church, this upcoming generation uses the amoral excuse, not knowing right from wrong. The Bible uses darkness or night as imagery to explain illustrate those who attempt to avoid following or live by rules in this life. However, you can only be amoral for so long, Romans 1:2o. According to the apostle Paul, there are countless invisible qualities that daily reflect the presence of God. These signs like a sunrise, sunset or rainbow shine light into the darkness of this world. Sooner or later, God will send someone into your life to challenge, convict or inspire you to come clean by confessing previous transgressions. The next time light magnifies a blatant flaw in your life, something’s gotta give. When it does, choose repentance over rebellion.
by Jay Mankus