As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.
Scripture: 2 Samuel 9-12
Key verses: (12:8-9) 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 as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.
Reflection: In today’s passage, King David is told a short story from Nathan that proves to be a powerful teaching moment, and one that we can all learn from. The tale highlights two men; one rich with plentiful sheep and cattle, another poor with only a single ewe lamb that he bought and raised with his children. A traveler arrives, and for the customary meal the wealthier man decides to take the poorer man’s ewe lamb instead of cooking one of the many animals he owned himself. After hearing this story, David burns with anger, and says to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” Nathan is quick to highlight the hypocrisy of King David by advising, “You are the man!” as King David had previously taken Uriah the Hittie’s wife to be his own and following that sin, sending Uriah into battle on the front lines, assuring him of his death. What King David failed to realize was the amount of blessings the Lord had bestowed upon him- “His master’s House & Wives- and if this had been too little, He would have given David even more”.
The powerful underlying message is that The Lord is always willing to grant us MORE. King David failed to see he had enough and wanted more, a common notion that gave me pause when I found myself identifying with David. During Lent, a time of year where self-reflection is encouraged to be more of a priority of daily activities, I am working to acknowledge blessings in my life that the Lord has gifted me with — I am beyond blessed with a loving family that live nearby and my health that enables me to do things I love like taking long walks with my wife & dog. In closing, I would ask you to reflect on what blessings you have in life that don’t leave you wanting more, and to think about others in your life who may be less fortunate like Uriah.
Prayer: Faithful God, please continue to guide us with your light, so that we can better understand and appreciate the blessings we currently have in our lives. We ask for contentment within ourselves and for growth in our relationship with you. Amen.
Author: Will MacBain
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].