God is willing to give you more than you can imagine. It’s a bold thought. I hesitate to even agree with it, except that I see it so clearly in the life of King David.
The man after God’s own heart had conquered the giant, won great victories, and even been anointed king. His life went from good to great. And God was blessing him at every turn.
More, Not Less
But one spring day, at a time when kings usually went out to battle with their men, David stayed home. He put his feet up, settled in to comfort and luxury, and ended up committing adultery. While one of David’s soldiers, Uriah, was off to battle fighting the king’s enemies, David was at home sleeping with Uriah’s wife.
It got ugly.
God sent a man named Nathan to rebuke David for this sin. And in the middle of Nathan’s speech he dropped a very surprising “Thus says the Lord” that I believe God wants to speak to you and to me today. God said this:
“I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more…” 2 Samuel 12:7-8
God blessed David beyond #blessed and the astounding message of this verse is that he would have given even more. Now I’m not a prosperity-gospel guy, at all, but in this passage God tips his hand to show us his cards. The God of the Bible is crazy generous.
God loved David and blessed him because he was a man after God’s own heart. Yet in a moment of passion David “despised the word of the Lord” by breaking the seventh commandment: “You shall not commit adultery” and then the sixth commandment: “You shall not murder.”
Like David, we too fool around with sex in the city and a hundred others things, when God would gladly give us so much more. As C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
I want to experience the more God wants to give. More of himself. More of his favor. More usefulness in his kingdom. More partnership in his plans. More joy than we can find anywhere else.
David’s life dares us not to settle for sin. In sin we grab. But by faith we wait. In sin we take. But by faith we trust. In sin we worry. But by faith we worship.
God is a God of more and he invites us to obey his word and ask him for immeasurably more: “And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more.”