One morning about two weeks ago I read across a particular part of King David’s life. It’s a story I knew about, but that particular morning it stood out and it’s been in my mind ever since. I’m convinced that when a specific verse from the Word God stays in your spirit, in your mind, and in your thoughts, it’s not only God getting a message to you, but also, through you to encourage others.
After days of trying to figure out why this verse wouldn’t leave my noggin’, it hit me–and I love when God has a sense of humor about it. Last Sunday morning at church, the pastor was talking about how God uses the ordinary moments of lives, and makes them some of the most extraordinary opportunities to hear and share of God’s love. A few hours later, coming home from a Trader Joe’s run, there I am at a stop light, three blocks from my apartment, and God just spoke so plainly into my spirit.
I knew that once I got home, I was going to FaceTime with my parents and grandparents back home, and finally get to talk to my daddy on Father’s Day. On top of it being Father’s Day, it was also my brother’s birthday. Three thousand miles away, I missed the fun shenanigans. In that moment at the stoplight, thinking of the lunch at the river I missed, the scripture came again to my mind.
“I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. 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.” (2 Samuel 12:7b-8 NLT)
It was in that moment that I realized just how truly blessed I am. Not every moment is perfect. Not every circumstance is ideal, but it’s enough. I missed the celebration, but a FaceTime home for Father’s Day is enough when for the past 22 years he’s poured out his life, and his heart, and his soul on a daily basis to raise me up into the man I’ve become.
However, I know not everyone has that.
This is for those who couldn’t talk to their dads on Father’s Day. For those of you holding onto years, and years of hurt and pain. This is for those who think God has looked over them; never quite reaching the next level of life. This is for those caught up in materialism, who have the world at their fingertips, yet every night when you lay down to go to bed you feel nothing but emptiness.
You feel like what you have, or what you’ve always had isn’t enough. If I can be honest and blunt for a second, if you’re reading this and don’t believe in God, what you have probably isn’t enough and never will be enough. And if you are a believer, the enemy loves to pervert God’s blessings and make them seem like they’re not enough.
The beautiful thing about God, is that His Word it is active. It’s the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. What God told David in 2 Samuel, He’s telling you today: I AM ENOUGH!
When our hearts are in tune with earthly treasures, desires and tendencies, then what God has given and has in store for us will never be enough. Don’t think for a second that you don’t have enough in God’s presence. In a moment of weakness, what David had been given from God, he considered not to be enough. That’s why he slept with Bathsheba and then murdered her husband. Selfishness. Lust. Envy. That’s not what God gave David. It’s what David gave David in a moment where he blocked out God.
This is a totally different David than what we see earlier in his life. Just a few chapters before, we see an awesome glimpse into David’s love for God: “And David danced before the Lord with all his might…So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and blowing of rams’ horns.” (2 Samuel 6:14-15 NLT).
One of Saul’s daughters saw this and became angry, and David’s response is that of one who loves God with all his heart, mind and soul: “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes!” (2 Samuel 6:21-22)
David is just overwhelmed with joy and thanks to the Lord for appointed him king of Israel that he dances like a fool not concerned with how people will see him. Unashamed in his love for the Lord.
Then David gets the brilliant idea to build a house for God, but God says no, I don’t need a house right now, but I will build my Kingdom through you. If you don’t remember anything else, remember this: It matters nothing what you can do for God; it only matters what you’re willing to let God do THROUGH you for His Kingdom!
God says: “I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before your eyes. Now I will make you as famous as anyone who has ever lived on the earth! (2 Samuel 7:8b-9). Then God goes on to say, “Furthermore, the Lord declares that He will make a house for you–a dynasty of kings.” (2 Samuel 7:11).
It’s David’s response to that question brings us back to the verse we started off with. David says to God: “Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far.” (2 Samuel 7:18).
David knows that he’s was just a meek shepherd. He started off as a nobody, but through faith in the Lord he slays Goliath and becomes this hero throughout Israel. Then he spends night after night after night on the run from Saul, and now we see he’s just been given the kingdom. A dynasty of kings–including the King of Kings, Jesus–will follow him through his family.
David’s been in the pasture, pursued by an angry king, and finally into the palace. Along the way, he’s been seeking God with all his heart. In every decision. In every circumstance. Finally to the palace, this ultimate blessing. David, humbly thanks God for who He is and all his majesty and splendor and might and power and glory.
It had always been enough.
So you’d think that if anyone from the Bible who would know that God’s presence is always enough, no matter the circumstance, whether in a pasture or in the palace, you’d bet your mortgage on it being David. This is the same man, who wrote so beautifully in Psalm 63: “Your unfailing love is better than life itself.”
But he failed, like we all do, and in that moment, on the roof looking down at Bathsheba, what David had was no longer enough. Life itself, became greater than God in that moment. He sacrificed what was perfect in God’s eyes, for what was average in man’s eyes.
Don’t make that mistake. David knew God was sufficient. Most of you know that too. So why aren’t you living it? Constantly chasing more, and more, and more always finds a way to leave us with less, and less and less.
God says, “And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.”
And you might be thinking, “this is good and all, but God didn’t exactly give me the keys to his Ferrari, Israel.” Yep. You’re right, he didn’t give you reign over Jerusalem.
Though, He did fulfilled His promise to David…but for you instead. He gave us Jesus Christ who took all of our sin, and nailed it to the cross. Christ gives us eternal life. Christ gives us hope. Christ brings us joy. Christ changes our “want to” into his “will to.” So we no longer want the things of this world. We want His will to be done in our life and that just can’t be done when we’re constantly grabbing for more and more and more.
So yall, if Christ is your everything, what then, do you ever lack?