“The Lord sent Nathan to David” 2 Samuel 12:1.
Dirty, dirty face.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
show no dirt to me.
Mirrors reflect the images they see.
In the Broadway musical West Side Story, Maria, dressing for the dance, is holding her white dress against her as she sings and dances in front of a mirror: “See the pretty girl in that mirror there. Who can that attractive girl be? Such a pretty dress, such a pretty girl, such a pretty me.” The camera picks up her image in the mirror as she dances.
When I direct plays, I tell the cast that as a director I am a mirror that reflects what the audience sees and hears. When “that mirror” suggests improvements, I become the audience feedback to the performers.
While studying 2 Samuel 12:1-14, the Lord let me see that His Word is the universal mirror that reflects necessary character and behavioral changes in us. Although He doesn’t “need us,” He chooses to use us as mirrors.
The Lord loved David with all of his “Godly heart,” and he longed for David to see the error of his way. However, since David didn’t repent on his own, God sent the prophet Nathan to be a mirror (12:1). That mirror reflected David’s need to confess his adultery and murder and he did!
Perhaps there are four reasons God sent Nathan as a mirror to David. First, he had invested a lot of time, effort, and plans in David (2 Samuel 7:18-29). Second, God wanted David’s heart to “get wild” about Him again. In Psalm 42:1 (MSG), David shows that previous close relationship with the prayerful cry, “A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek; I want to drink God, deep drafts of God.” Third, God needed to redeem His name from the disgrace David had brought on it “All day long my name is constantly blasphemed” (Isaiah 52:5b), and lastly, God’s redemptive plan was all wrapped up in the Davidic covenant (2 Samuel 7:4-16). He wasn’t about to let David mess up his plans.
So praise God, to get us “back on speaking terms” with Him, the Lord sends “mirrors” to motivate and reroute us from self-destructive ways to self-preserving ways. And we may never know when He’s going to use us as “Nathan mirrors” to Davids in our lives. Therefore, we must be ready daily so that our mirrors reflect no unconfessed sin, “no dirt” in them.
Read 2 Samuel 12:1-14 for the whole story.