Did you ever notice how quick we are to point fingers at other people, but rarely at ourselves? It’s not new, David did the very same thing.
Backstory: King David, walking on the roof of his house, notices a beautiful woman bathing on the roof of her home. He sent for her and lay with her and she became pregnant.
David, knowing that her husband was off in battle, called her husband home to try to cover his impropriety, most likely thinking that if she lay with her own husband all would think the child was her husband’s. But being a man of honor, Uriah refused to enjoy such pleasures when the other men remained in battle.
Since David’s repeated efforts failed, he finally had Uriah killed and took the woman Bathsheba as his own wife.
But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. 2 Samuel 11:27
And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. 2 Samuel 12:1-6
David became angry about the man who would do such a thing yet failed to recognize his own sin until Nathan said, “You are the man!” (vs. 7)
We tend to rush to judgement when we believe others are at fault but much slower to consider our own sinful ways. I believe God would be pleased if we reversed that.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5
Imagine the impact the application of this verse would have in our relationships and in the pursuit of unity in our churches!
Diane Hunt serves part-time on the staff of America’s Keswick providing ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.