Parables: The Power of Hidden Truth
Daily Devotional for June 12th
And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, … And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. 2 Samuel 12:1, 4-7
It’s truly amazing when you view the wisdom of God. God knows that there is something deeply embedded in man’s heart; and that is, Every way of man is right in his own eyes. Proverbs 21:2. It is this reality that keeps us from judging our own lives and repenting of the wrong that we have done. With that deep-seated bias within us all, how then does God cause us to view ourselves in His eyes? Only God can reveal truths to man to expose his weakness in such a way that man doesn’t realize what is happening. In order for God to expose our wrong, He deals with us in parables.
There’s something truly amazing about a parable. A parable keeps things anonymous. Parables will detach us from personal involvement so that we can see clearly to learn its lessons and truths. Because we want to see only the good of our heart, we are blinded to everything else. Therefore, God removes the identity of a person in parables so that He can help the person see the truth and judge righteously.
David had clearly done wrong when he took Bathsheba in as his own wife and had Uriah killed. He seemed to be able to live with the wrong he had done, but God sent Nathan the prophet. God’s way of showing David his wrong was not to clearly rebuke David, but to speak a parable that would detach David from it so he could see the situation clearly. Once David heard the “story” and judged righteously, then the prophet pulled the veil from David’s eyes to reveal “Thou art the man!” David could not lie against the truth. His only response was to ask God’s forgiveness and repent of the wrong that he had done.
As parents, we have to rightly judge in our children’s struggles with each other. Our children’s struggles to get along is one of God’s ways of exposing our own weaknesses and failures. When one of your children need to be disciplined for their temper, are you convicted when the Holy Spirit reveals your own temper? How do you react to the word of God when certain scriptures expose your wrong? Do you immediately say in your heart “I’m wrong Lord and I repent” or do you attempt to justify your wrong? Does the Lord eventually have to place you in certain situations so that your personal wrongs are hidden so that you are able to judge righteously, only to have the Holy Spirit reveal your own situation immediately afterward? If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 1 Corinthians 11:31.