GOD WANTS TO GIVE MORE THAN HE WANTS TO RECEIVE

GOD WANTS TO GIVE MORE THAN HE WANTS TO RECEIVE

Sometimes in our lives, we reach a good place. Our businesses are flourishing, our careers are flying, our families are strong and there is peace in the home. And when we are in such a place, we look back and we are in awe of what our Father has done for us. And often, this position of reverence leads us to act; to give something, do something that shows God just how grateful we are.

Well beloved, if this is you, all thanks and praise be to Him, our Father, our Creator and our God for all that He has done for you. Do act on those inclinations for when you do, you show the world just how faithful our Father has been in your life. Also, when you honor God through service and giving, you get even more of His provision, as it is written,

“Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10

So “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10

But I want to let you in on a little secret, God wants to do for you more than He wants you to do for Him, and He’s not done working in your life yet.

You see, there was a time when, just like you are, David was also in a good place. His wars had ceased. His kingdom was secure. His economy was flourishing. He was, in essence, in a good place. And just like you, David was thinking of how he could give back to God to show his appreciation for all that God has done for him.

“Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies all around, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.”
Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”” 2 Samuel 7:1-3

Sensible thing to do, wasn’t it? David was already well established in his palace, yet the ark of the covenant, the place where God dwelled with Israel, was still in its customary nomadic tent. So the ‘upgrade’ was fitting, and Nathan, the man of God, also agreed. But God had other plans.

“But it happened that night that the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?” 2 Samuel 7:4-5

Eh? Seriously? God didn’t want it? Well, yes, He didn’t want it.

You see, God, our Father, Adonai Elohim, Master and Creator of all things, is master and creator of all things and to Him belongs all things and that is why He says,

“I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.” Psalm 50:9-12

So you really think He wants a new house?

And that is why He tells Nathan,

“Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the Lord tells you that He will make you a house.” 2 Samuel 7:8-11

God has been with David all this while. He was the one who lifted David from the fields and placed him, indeed, entrenched him in the palace. He was the one who mowed his enemies down before him. And now God was going about making him famous, to be ranked with the great names on earth. God wasn’t interested in the house David was going to build for Him. In fact, our Father tells David,

“…The Lord also declares to you that He will make a house (royal dynasty) for you.” 2 Samuel 7:11 [AMP]

David thought he was going to build God a house. But God was going to establish David’s house for all eternity. And that is the beauty of our Father’s love for us.

You see beloved, even if we think that we have received so much, even if we think that it’s time for us to give back, else God might get upset as to why we never showed our gratitude, our Father says, ‘Hey, I’m not done yet. I’ve still got plans for you.’ And His plans aren’t just for the here and now, He’s even got plans for your children and your children’s children.

“When your life is complete and you’re buried with your ancestors, then I’ll raise up your child, your own flesh and blood, to succeed you, and I’ll firmly establish his rule. He will build a house to honor me, and I will guarantee his kingdom’s rule permanently. I’ll be a father to him, and he’ll be a son to me. When he does wrong, I’ll discipline him in the usual ways, the pitfalls and obstacles of this mortal life. But I’ll never remove my gracious love from him, as I removed it from Saul, who preceded you and whom I most certainly did remove. Your family and your kingdom are permanently secured. I’m keeping my eye on them! And your royal throne will always be there, rock solid.” 2 Samuel 7:12-16 [MSG]

What a comfort our Father’s love should give us when we look into our futures.

But if you find yourself stuck in a rut, take heart beloved, there are better days ahead. Because you have put your trust in Jesus, you are now God’s beloved child, so

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

Beloved, it is good that you want to give back to God. It is good that you want to honor God in your giving and by your service. But do so knowing that while it pleases Him that His beloved child wants to express gratitude for all that He has given and done, He makes no demands of you nor sets any pre-requisites for His blessings. Adonai Elohim, Master and Creator of the heavens and the earth, wants to continue building that perfect future that He’s got planned for you; and Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Angel Armies, wants to protect you from your enemies.

So let us echo the words of David and respond to the love of our Father saying,

“Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord God, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.” 2 Samuel 7:29

Amen and be blessed.

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