The Rebuke of the Righteous


     Blind spots.

     Even with two or more exterior mirrors and one interior, every driver still has them.

     Every person traveling on the road of life has them too.

     Because of blind spots, you and I need courageous and tenderhearted people who are willing to help us see what we cannot readily see.  David’s desire was to “let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness.  And let him rebuke me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it” (Psalm 141:5).

     Nathan’s rebuke of David for his ungodly behavior with Bathsheba and toward her faithful husband Uriah was viewed by David as a kindness and an excellent oil.  There was no petty retaliation.  The king did not demand the head of the prophet when he told him what he saw in David’s blind spot, thus striking him in his guilty heart and rebuking him to his face.

     How wise David was to not stubbornly refuse to hear and heed the rebuke of righteous Nathan!  “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Proverbs 27:6), and wise is the person who welcomes the help and rebuke of his blind spots by the righteous.

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Author: jchowning

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