I recently read the account of King David’s desire to build a temple for God. Here I paused to camp out on the Bible passage, 2 Samuel 7:1-17, in light of biblical decision-making. (As per my reflections in a previous post, it seems to me that this account represents a decision-making process.)
The first thing that I felt God impressing on me as I read this passage was that David began with a desire to see God’s Name and Person honored. I shared about this two weeks ago (here).
In this post, I want to share a second truth that I felt God teaching me: In the face of important decisions, we should seek the counsel of godly people.
The passage in question, 2 Samuel 7:1-7, beings with a conversation. David, king of Israel, says to Nathan, the prophet of God:
“Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
-2 Samuel 7:2b
This is where we get a glimpse of king David’s desire to see God honored.
Today, however, I want to focus on the person with whom the king shared these thoughts.
I’m going to admit right away that I don’t know much about the prophet Nathan. However, I do know two things:
- In this very account, God was pleased to use Nathan to communicate His words to king David, and Nathan was faithful to report to the king all the words of the entire revelation (see 2 Samuel 7:4, 17).
- At another time, God sent Nathan to king David to rebuke him for his sin. I personally find it a daunting thought to rebuking anyone (how much more a king?). But Nathan was obedient to God (see 2 Samuel 12:1-14).
Not all prophets in Israel were godly men, but it would seem that Nathan was. He was the man that the Bible records David going to for counsel regarding His decision; whether or not to take on the gargantuan task of building a temple to honor God’s Name.
Elsewhere, the Bible expresses the value of seeking counsel from many advisors:
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
This passage only records David going to one man for counsel. We can speculate, so long as we remember that it’s just that – speculation. Perhaps he sought out the advice of other godly figures in his life, too. Perhaps he had a number of friends whom he trusted and whose advice was godly instruction.
Regardless, the Bible is God’s inspired Word and is every bit sufficient in what it does and doesn’t communicate. The above Proverb teaches us to seek advisers in quantity and the account of David in 2 Samuel seems to me to communicate that we should seek counsel from the right people.
Talk about it
- Do you have people in your life who can give you godly counsel?
- Why is it wise to seek advice from the right people? Why is it wise to seek advice from many people?
- Have you ever sought input from people who don’t honor God?
- What do you know about the prophet Nathan?