Day 9 — Monday, March 13th
Scripture: 2 Samuel 12:7–8
King David is celebrated for having a heart after God, but he is infamous for his adultery with Bathsheba, for conspiring to have her husband murdered, and then for living in deception. Yet when God sent the prophet Nathan to rebuke him, God made an amazing statement about his favor toward David. Nathan said to David,
“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more.'” (italics added)
Main Idea: God has no limits to the kindness he wants to show his people, other than the limit that it result in ultimate good for us and others, and his highest glory. God wants to give you more, if you do not have a heart of greed or his gift does not lead to greed. God wants to give until you feel you have enough. But that feeling of satisfaction comes only from knowing and loving God, not from anything in this world.
For Hungry Readers: God had blessed David to an extraordinary degree. He had taken him from being the youngest son in his family assigned to the lowliest jobs to being the king of all Israel. God gave David success in all his military adventures and delivered him from all his enemies. God made David rich and famous, and he had many children. Yet God says, “If this were too little, I would add to you as much more.” God wanted to bless David to where he would never say, “This is not enough.” Ultimately God wants his people to say, “God is so generous that he has given me all that I need or want.”
But God fulfills our desires in a way unknown to the people who love this world. God satisfies our deepest longings by giving us himself, for only he can satisfy. This is his favor toward us. He gives us himself. God’s desire for our satisfaction is fulfilled in knowing Jesus Christ, not by having more of what this world offers. None who delight themselves in Jesus Christ will find that he falls short of satisfying them fully.
Faith Declarations: God’s favor toward me is greater than the favor I have toward myself. God wants me to be satisfied and content. I am fulfilled by knowing Jesus Christ.