Back to blogging after TOO LONG an absence. In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare had Benedick say, “...happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending.” Yes, happy, but realistically, not generally the “putting them to mending.” Even the mild-mannered bristle when hearing their faults corrected.
That’s why King David, the most powerful ruler of his age, proved the exception when prophet Nathan raked withering broadsides of wrath on his sins with Bathsheba. David became docile, not rebellious; penitent, not defensive II Samuel 12.
His reaction in three contexts proved him a forgiven sinner, not a condemned impenitent. First, he responded with anger at the abusive rich man. Second, he responded with godly sorrow when denounced as that rich man. Third, he remained a Man of Faith when his child died as a result of his sins.
We may say he shouldn’t have blamed God, since his own sins caused the child’s death. But Solomon later said, “A man’s folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD” Proverbs 19:3. How many people have lost faith in God when he didn’t answer their prayers, or a loved one died; or a career failed due to economic setbacks—or any of a thousand ways we can be disappointed with life but take our frustrations out on God? End Part I