2 Samuel 7:1-17
When the ark had been brought to Jerusalem, the kingdom experienced a time of peace. During this time, King David began to look at his marvelous palace and realize that the ark was staying in a tent!! David called Nathan, the prophet, to see him and he told Nathan that is wasn’t right for David, a mere man, to live in a palace and God’s ark, the symbol of His presence, to live in a tent. Nathan immediately replied that David should go with his heart.
However, that night God came to Nathan and told him that God had not called David to build Him a temple (a special place for the ark and for the people to worship, sort of like a church building). God had contentedly “lived” in a tent since the days of Moses and didn’t need a temple yet. God had called David to be the shepherd to His people. God also said that, because of David’s obedience and godly heart, great leaders would come from David and his descendant would rule forever. Now if you know Bible history you know that David’s human descendants eventually lose their throne but this prophesy is about Jesus!
God revealed to Nathan a great promise for David, but Nathan had made a mistake. Nathan had told David to follow his heart and build a temple. Yet God just said that wasn’t what He wanted. So what do you think Nathan did? He went and told King David he had been wrong!! He let David know that his answer had been his own not God’s. Nathan did the right thing and admitted his mistake right away. No harm was done because nothing had been started. He fixed his mistake before anyone got hurt. We all will make mistakes, act before we pray or pick the wrong action. But the sooner we correct it the better. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, just to do our best. And when we, like Nathan, make a mistake with our hearts in the right place, God will work it out.
Have you ever made a mistake? Does it go better when you correct it right away or when you try to pretend it didn’t happen? Owning up to our mistakes is always best!