Take Responsibililty

Posted by Melissa

When you play hide-and-seek with a 3-year-old, you don’t have to have a lot of strategic plans in order to win. That’s because 3-year-olds think they’re hidden when they’re not. The child may think he or she has found the perfect hiding place, but to you, his or her location is easy to spot. Now what does that have to do with sin?

Read 2 Samuel 12:1-12. Really pay attention to verse 7.

Who was Nathan and why did God send him to talk to David? (Nathan was a prophet of God.)

How would you summarize the story Nathan told David?

Why did Nathan tell David the story rather than just launching into the list of David’s sins? What does that teach you about God?

What was the symbolism in the story?

What was David’s reaction to Nathan’s tale?

What do these verses teach you about God’s response to sin?

How did David respond when he recognized his sin?

How should you respond when you recognize sin in your life?

Just like a 3-year-old playing hide-and-seek, sin can’t stay hidden for long. David thought he’d hidden his sin pretty well. Then, Nathan showed up. God knew about David’s sin, and that sin was causing problems in their relationship. You can’t hide your sin from God; He knows it and wants to forgive you and get His relationship with you back on track. But you have to take responsibility for your sin. Being forgiven begins with admitting to God that you have sinned. When you confess your sin and repent from it, meaning you turn from it, God freely forgives. What do you need to do today to feel His forgiveness in your life?

Nathan replied to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.’” —2 Samuel 12:7

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