Reflection

2 Samuel 7:1-17

2 Samuel 7:1-3 “After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.” Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”

Where does this devotional find you? Are you settled in your palace? Are you in a good place?

I find myself at times making sure everything I have control of is in a good place, but truth is the control I think I have is not really control at all.

David is in a good place. His enemies have been vanquished. He took over Jerusalem and named it after himself. It was a large beautiful city and David made it even larger and more beautiful… And then after he was settled in his new large beautiful city named after him, he thought about GOD.

That’s the way it is for me. I work hard, build up our family fortune, buy a bigger house, add a 2nd house, sell our businesses and then retire… and now I think what about GOD who has blessed me so richly, what can I do?

The truth is, I wasn’t always thinking about GOD, I broke a few commandments, well actually all of them depending on how you interpret them, and I’ll tell you what… I did some fancy and creative interpretation.

So now I’ve got a few years left and I’m blessed to have some time to think about what I want to do in the future and I have some time to think about what I have done in the past and what things I wish I would have done differently. And… I wish I had loved my wife more. I wish I had loved my kids more. I wish I had loved my friends more. I wish I had loved my neighbors more. I wish I had loved my enemies more. I wish I had loved more!

I am tired of wishing I had done things differently and I pray, I hope, I beseech GOD to help me to love more… NOW!

KNOW you are loved! Know YOU are loved! KNOW YOU ARE LOVED!

Amen!

Jim Dietvorst

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