Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on July 28, 2015.
Prayer: Provide for me, dear Lord, someone who can be honest and help me be on the right path. Amen.
Reading: 2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:15 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Last week, we had the story of David and Bathsheba. This week, we have the sequel. Nathan comes on the scene and tells David of his sin. He does it through storytelling and gets David’s attention. Then, he delivers the news—I’m actually talking about you, my friend!
Do you have someone in your life that is openly honest, maybe even brutally honest, with you? It’s good to have an accountability partner, like Nathan. Sometimes another person can see things in a situation that you cannot see because you are too close to it. They can point out things that you need to see or tell you things that you need to hear.
Last week, we talked about uncomfortable conversations. That theme is carried through this story, too. It may be uncomfortable to have to confront someone when you know what they are doing is wrong, but as we see with the story of David, it can help that person to grow and become a better person. They may even become king!
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