Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 12:1-23 (day two)
…and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these! vs. 8b
It is not uncommon to want what we don’t have. Sometimes it’s money, power, prestige. Other times it can be more practical wants like spouse, family, career. It’s the what happens next that defines our where our heart and devotion truly are. Do we act impulsively? Do we assume that we are supposed to have it and then try secretly to get it (ie David)? Do we lay it before the Lord who gives all gifts? I don’t think the Lord would have honored David’s request for another man’s wife, but it would have brought to light the desire which could have been dealt with properly. But there are times when God says yes, the issue is getting in front of God. How often is this a theme in scripture? It happened to David’s predecessor, Saul. He was impatient and acted impulsively, and it cost him dearly. We would do well to be mindful of all desires that come before us. Regardless of God’s answer, talking with him before acting is always the best course of action.