As 2 Samuel 11 concludes, it seems that David’s sins had paid off for him. David took Bathsheba to be his wife and she gave birth to a son. But the last verse of the chapter reminds us that God was watching and He was not fooled. Thus, He sent Nathan to confront the wayward king.
By the time Nathan confronted David for his sins, the baby had been born, so it was at least nine months later. Nathan began not by directly confronting David with his sin but by helping him see the gravity of what he had done through a story of a wealthy man who had taken a lamb from a poor man. Having lured David in, Nathan sprung the trap by boldly declaring David was the cruel man in the story. Finally, after months of compounding and covering up sin, David confessed and repented. The desired outcome of Nathan’s confrontation had worked. In the same way, we should seek a balance of wisdom and courage in how we confront others, all the while praying and hoping for confession, repentance, and reconciliation.
Whom might God be calling on you to confront in love?