Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-25
Focus Verse: 2 Samuel 12:8-9
“I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.”
We are all guilty of this. Not the whole “adultery and murder” thing, necessarily, but the root of what caused David to make these terrible decisions — ungratefulness. Living in America, it’s easy to let shiny new things catch our eyes. Nothing is ever good enough. We always want the newest thing… the bigger tv, the newest iPhone (cuz seriously, who’s waiting in line for the newest Android?), that new car smell, that younger wife, the bigger house. The “better” life. We constantly fall into the trap of “if only I had ___________, I would be happy.” Here’s the thing. You won’t. And if we don’t stop with the constant discontentment, then we might end up a lot like David and make decisions that affect our lives in truly terrible ways. Let’s take a look at this passage and see what the Lord tells David.
In this passage, the Lord basically tells David,
Dude (ancient dialogue here)! I gave you EVERYTHING! What were you thinking?! You had women! Lots of them! And riches in abundance! You had power! You had it all. If only you had been grateful for what I had given you, you might not have had to endure the grave consequences of your terrible decisions.
David’s ungratefulness and discontentment didn’t cost him his life, but in my opinion, it cost him far more. I would much rather die myself than lose my child.
Now, please do not read too far into what I’m saying here. I’m not saying (by any means) that if you go buy the new iPhone your child will die. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the luxuries that God has given us. In fact, He WANTS us to enjoy the abundant blessings He’s given. And, trust me, they are abundant. But if we take those blessings for granted and don’t take time to be grateful for them, then we might start making decisions that have undesired consequences.
One thing that I’ve disciplined myself to do on a regular basis is be intentionally grateful. I regularly stop (at least once a week). I physically look around my house and thank God for it. I thank Him for my wife and my kids and specific characteristics about them that I love. I thank Him for my cars and the fact that they are both paid off. I thank Him for heat in the winter and AC in the summer. I thank Him for my church and for supplying my wife and me with a job. I thank Him for health insurance and for making it available to us. I thank Him for technology and the ease that it brings to my life. I thank God for everything that comes to mind and for everything that I can see around me.
God’s blessings are abundant. But you will only realize that if you stop to see it. Stop and be grateful for what you have. Do it now.
O my God! You are SO GENEROUS in Your blessings! Thank You for all that You have given me. Thank You for taking care of my family and providing everything we need and more. You are truly faithful! Help me to always be grateful for the blessings You’ve given me and help me to see, on a regular basis, the abundance in which You have given them. Thank You for Your love and mercy. Thank You for being so faithful. My life is Yours. In Jesus’ name. Amen.