” I gave you everything that belonged to your master Saul. I even put his wives into your arms. I made you king over the people of Israel and Judah. And if all of that had not been enough for you, I would have given you even more.” 2 Samuel 12:8
What do you want and how are trying to get it?
King David was in the hand of God: He had given him victory in many battles; He had given him favor among his people-he had won their hearts, they loved him; God had established David’s power as king over Israel and Judah. The world was his, and he knew that God had done it.
But David wanted more, and Bathsheba was within his reach…so, he took her.
We can often focus on the wrongness of adultery in the story, and rightly so: David wrongly took another man’s wife and had the man killed to seal the deal.
But we see also in this story the longing of God to help David understand that there is One source of life, as if reminding him, “All that you have, I have given you. It came from me. I am the One that creates and offers you life and all that is needed to live it well. I am always on time, the Source of your abundant life. I am generous, listening, willing, able…why did you try to take my place and make life happen in your own limited wisdom and strength?
Instead of seeking the Way Himself, David tried to create his own, and it was a disaster: murder, death, broken relationships, grief upon grief. It didn’t work. It never does. Our God is the Way. He is the Living One. We can trust Him to provide all that we need, when we need it. He is alive and working on our behalf.
What do you want and need today? How are you trying to make it happen?
I am going to ask God first and trust His wisdom and timing to make it happen. He may say, “no,” or “not yet,” but He wants me to trust Him, to know that He is really good.
He is teaching me how to do that.
How about you?
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14