Memory Verse: "...I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 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 would have been too little, I would have added to you many more such things. Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do that which is evil in his sight?..." (2 Sam.12:7-8, NHEB)
Scripture Reading: 2 Sam.12:1-31.
Many people could be accused of "despising" God's Word. But could this apply to David? A man whose heart was like God's? A man who wrote many psalms and hymns? Yet, in fact, God accused David of despising Him and His Word. The Hebrew word here suggests that David had shown contempt for Him, and even held God in "little account." From God's point of view, He had given David everything his heart could desire.
A successful career. A family. Protection. Wealth. Pleasures. But He also was prepared to give him "even more." But these blessings were based on serving God. Keeping His ways. Doing what was right. But everything changed when David gave in to temptation, had a relationship with Bathsheba, and had her husband killed. He showed that he was willing to ignore God and His Word, and violate principles he knew to be true.
God's words to David should inspire and also warn us this morning. The Bible is filled with His overwhelming promises. To supply all our needs. To grant us more than we can "ask or think." But, like David, it can be easy to take His blessing for granted. To go our own way. But, as God told David, He was willing to bless him abundantly. The restriction was that he needed to go to God for these things.
By application of today's devotional in your life, make sure that you know God's Word, and seek to put it into practice. That you seek to do everything His way. If you have needs, commit them to Him. Believe that He cares for you and will provide everything you need, and answer your prayers [speedily].
Ponder Point: Every time we act contrary to God's Word, we are despising the Lord.
Action Point: Know the Word. Have regard for the Word. Do what the Word says.
Prayer: Father, rekindle a fresh love in my heart for Your word. I consciously ask for the grace to make Your Word the standard for my life on every issue. Thank You because as I serve You and have regard for Your Word, my needs will will be met according to Your will in Jesus name, Amen.