“Then Nathan said to David. . .Thus saith the Lord God of Israel “I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added that much again.”
I Samuel 12: 7, 8
“I’ll Add Even More!”
“God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
As I look into my life, what has God given to me?
What do I need right now that I can claim God’s promise to supply?
“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4: 19
“Reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.”
Nathan the prophet stood in front of David, the King of Israel and Judah. After relating a parable of a wealthy man who had robbed his neighbor of one little sheep so he could feed a passerby, Nathan looked David in the eye and called out, “You are the man.”
Frankly, those words were enough for David to use his kingly power and respond, “Off with his head!” But before David could get one word out of his mouth, Nathan continued with his, “word from the Lord.” And God had a lot more he wanted Nathan to convey to the powerful king.
Nathan began by reminding David who had put him on the throne. David had not become king on his own. He may have, somewhere along the way, thought his physical prowess and personal charm had done the trick and gotten him to the top—but Nathan was quick to point out it was God who had placed David in the mighty position of king.
That wasn’t all Nathan wanted David to recall. Nathan reminded David that all his possessions, even the family he had, were gifts from God.
Then, in some of the most comforting words, Nathan told David that God cared for him so much that if all that David had was not enough to meet his needs and it “had been too little,” God said, “I would have added that much again.” I have to tell you, these words call for a “WOW!” from me, and it should from you, too!
Often, as we hurriedly skip through the pages of God’s word, studying only the well-known passages, we end up missing the nuggets of gold treasure buried in the Scripture. And this passage in II Samuel 12:8, is just one of those great veins of gold that came from the mouth of our Father when He told David, “If what I gave you hadn’t been enough, I would have gladly thrown in more” (II Samuel 12: 7,8. The Message paraphrased).
David didn’t need to conjure up some wily scheme to try and get what it was that he thought he wanted. He had a heavenly Father who would not ever deny him anything that was for his own good. This helps me better understand the huge mistake David made in taking, through his role of kingly power, the wife of one of his most loyal soldiers. David didn’t ask God for Bathsheba because he knew what the answer would be and he didn’t want to hear, “No!” So he didn’t consult God and instead made a wife-grab. When the roof collapsed on his dirty deed, and Nathan came before the palace throne to inform David that God knew every thing he had done, in this moment of clarity, God didn’t let David forget that all his gifts were blessings from the hand of a generous Father. What’s more, God had Nathan underscore to David the fact that, “If you had needed more, David, why didn’t you just ask me!” As the Apostle James reminds us: “Do not be misled…every good gift and every perfect, (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all that gives light, in the shining of whom there can be no variation (rising or setting) or shadow cast by His turning (as in an eclipse). (James 1: 17, Amplified Bible).
In a world where we are constantly bombarded by secular messages that convey to us all that we lack and how terrible the finances of the world are and how we are all going to go down the drain in one big whosh, I’m here to give you a clarion message from your Father today. Whatever the lack that plagues your life and mine, our Father calls out above the jarring message of the world, “If what you have is too little, I will add to you again!”
Let us never buy into the myth of this earth’s false belief that our God is not big enough to take care of us!
I find the words of the poet Jack Clemo reassuring, especially in times of uncertainty in which many people find themselves:
“I cannot not name a single blessing
That came to me in disguise:
The gifts I asked arrived unmasked
Under broad day’s honest skies.
God does not play a senile game
That wraps His mercies round
With a leprous sheet, a scabbed deceit;
His good, from the start, is sound…
HIS gifts never mystified.”
Today, may you and I take God’s words, spoken through the prophet Nathan, to heart. No matter what position we are in, let’s never let the clouds of heartache and despair block from our minds the realization that our Father is able to do, exceedingly above, all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). And He will do it again and again.
“I am still rich
The morning comes with old-time cheer;
The sun breaks through the blurring mist;
And all the sorrows of the night
By newborn rays of hope are kissed.
Up and rejoice! A spirit cries,
What is your loss, with morning skies.”
Thomas Curtis Clark
“Your gifts, freely offered,
are life in all its fullness,
hope in abundance,
peace that passes understanding,
love that none can measure
from which nothing can separate us.”
We rejoice in your reckless and extravagant love
Scattered among us
And found in the mud and thorns of life.
That your will for us and for the world
Is not one of carefully apportioned judgement
Or neatly wrapped rewards.
Your aim and desire for all your creation
Is a cup full and overflowing with good wine,
A banquet for all to share,
A harvest of full and ripe grains,
A growing tree in which all can make their nest.
Your gifts, freely offered
Are life in all its fullness,
Hope in abundance,
Peace that passes understanding,
Love that none can measure
From which nothing can separate us.”
Dorothy Valcấrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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