We are on step five of cutting things out of our lives. So far we have been talking about cut this and cut that, but we are going to yell, “WAIT!!! Don’t cut that!” You know often times when we get on a cutting spree it’s hard for us to stop. Don’t stare at your screen like that. It’s just like when Netflix adds a new show that you don’t think you’ll like. You watch one episode but you’re not sure if you like it so you watch another. Before you know it you’ve finished one season. You finally decide that you like it so you keep going and before you know it, 3 days have passed and you’ve finished all 9 seasons of the show and you’re looking around with nothing left, asking “how did this happen?” So maybe that’s an extreme example but bare with me. This is your intervention before you cut everything and have nothing left. So let’s get to it!
This week’s topic is Don’t get rid of Nathan! So we have to know who Nathan is before we decide he gets to stay, right? First of all, it’s important to know that Nathan was a prophet back in the days of King David. A prophet meaning he heard directly from God, and this guy wasn’t afraid to tell people exactly what God said. Whether the news was good or bad he did what God told him to.
So one of the first times we meet Nathan is when David asks if he should make a place (temple) for the Ark of the Covenant to reside. Nathan thought it sounded like a good idea so he told David to do it. However that same night, God came to Nathan in a vision and told him to go back and tell David that he could not build the temple but his son would. And Nathan did EXACTLY what he was told.
Another time we see Nathan, God sent him to deliver a hard message to David. So you see David was out doing some stuff he shouldn’t have been doing, and he gets another man’s wife pregnant. David then has the man killed in an attempt to cover his “indiscretion”. Well even the best cover can’t hide you away from God. God sent Nathan to tell David basically that he saw EVERYTHING. God saw it and he wasn’t pleased and David would have to pay for his sin. It couldn’t have been easy going to tell the King all this. The King could have you killed with a flick of his wrist. But Nathan did it anyway because God told him to.
You want Nathan in your life. A person who will tell you you’re wrong no matter how hard it is or how much it hurts. There are times in our lives when we get so wrapped up in “us” that we don’t listen to the Holy Spirit that’s inside of us or even our basic moral compass. So that’s when Nathan comes in. He’s an “external consciousness” that will tell you things you have turned your ears off to hearing. You might not always “like” Nathan and often times “he” will say things that WILL make you want to cut him, but “he” is vital to the formula that will balance your life.
So think about it: Who is your Nathan?