Advent 2017 // David

2 Samuel 7: 1-17

Today we look at the covenant God made with David. As we read yesterday, the Ark of the Covenant has been brought to Jerusalem and placed in a tent, where David sacrificed burnt offerings to the Lord. But the Lord asks David to build Him a home in which to dwell. In return, the Lord promises David to make his name great and to give the people of Israel a safe place to dwell. However, the most significant promise God made to David was this: “When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up offspring after you...He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”

While we will look more deeply into the significance of this tomorrow, let’s focus today on how big of a promise this actually is.

The Lord promises David that his kingdom will last F-O-R-E-V-E-R. Let that sink in. He promised eternity. If it wasn’t God making it, it certainly would be an impossible promise.

The Lord can and wants to do great things in our lives too, but, at least for me, that is a truth I have difficulty accepting. Sure, I recognize that God has done incredible things and made miracles happen, but why on earth would he do that for me? Even if I trusted Him enough to do these things in my life, I’d still having a hard time believing that He would be faithful to that promise, especially when (similar to David) I couldn’t see His entire plan unfold.

During this Advent season, He is asking us to trust Him, even just a little. He wants to do great things in our lives, just like He promised to do in David’s. He only asks that we trust Him enough to ask great things of Him.

What is that big prayer you have on your heart that you avoid giving to God because you are afraid He would never respond? Ask Him for it. 

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