In the previous post we saw King David step away from everyone and get alone with God. He sat before the Lord in his private chamber and talked to His God. The substance of this conversation started earlier in the chapter with God speaking to David. This is how it is supposed to be–the Lord has spoken to us through His Word, either by preaching or the written Word and we respond. In fact, everyone responds in one direction or the other. But I digress.
In 2 Samuel 7:8-16 the Lord spoke through the prophet Nathan a very interesting message. The Lord walked David across the history of his life to remind him WHO was orchestrating his days. It was not fate. It was not chance. It was not other people. It was not economic or political influences of the day. And it wasn’t good or bad luck. The Lord says, “I took you…” “I have …” “I will appoint …”I commanded …” “I will …” You get the picture? All credit belongs to the Lord. God is reminding David WHO brought those events to pass in his life.
As the Lord reminded David how his life went through many seasons and many changes and that HE, God, was there orchestrating the events that brought him to the place he was at that time in his life, so it applies to us. We need to stop and contemplate what the Lord God has done for us. I want to encourage you to stop and look over your shoulder and see what God has done in your life, in your heart, to His glory. His fingerprints are everywhere. His work is more evident than you might think.
Some readers of this post may say that their life has been one set back after another. You may be discouraged about the pain you’ve experienced; the heartbreak that has left wounds; or perhaps when you think of your past all you see is disappointment and failure. Is that all you see? If you’re reading this blog, you are probably a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. That means that the Spirit of God adopted you into the family of God. That means that you have been forgiven of all trespasses, guilt, and shame. That means that you are hidden in God in Christ. That means that God had chosen you beforehand to lavish His love, mercy, and grace on you. And He has done exactly that–lavished His love, mercy, and grace upon you.
Reflect on how the Gospel of Jesus Christ changed your heart, your mind, your affections, your directions, and so much more of your life. Recognize that it has been the Lord’s hand keeping you, holding you up, and sustaining you throughout the years. He was the One giving strength when you wanted to give up. He was there moving people in your life. He was the One that brought you through the turmoil and heartache. It may have seemed like other influences, but the Lord is the keeper and sustainer and the good God of our lives. He has been the One who has shined in your heart the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. He did this; He did this, YES, HE DID THIS! AMEN!
From where has the Lord God taken me, and where does He have me now? With Him all the social, occupational, economic, and materialistic standards of this world do not hold a candle to where He has placed me–SECURELY IN CHRIST. He has rescued me and you and now we belong to Him, eternally. Amen!