Always and forever – two words that promise so much, yet rarely deliver.
Lovers pledge these words in everything from Hallmark cards to wedding vows. BFFs make friendship pacts with these words and wear matching necklaces to prove it. My seven year old daughter uses these words when she pinky promises me that she’ll never move out of my house. Heh. And if you close your eyes and listen real good, you’ll even hear a good ol’ country song begging for this catchy phrase to be played on repeat.
From the time we’re young, life is full of promises. But live long enough and we soon find that always and forever often ends in sometimes and never. In this world dreams are often put on hold, possessions are often lost, “forever” relationships often end without warning, and hope is often deferred.
This week in our study we’re looking at David the king, whose story will ultimately point us to the promise of a better King. And opposite of everything this world has to offer, through His Son Jesus God has given us a promise that will never, ever fade away.
Ask God to help you find fresh hope in these three themes as you study this week:
God has great purpose for your life.
“…for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.” – 2 Samuel 5:10
In today’s verses we read of David’s appointment to king and the fact that God was with him. This was no ordinary set-up. From the very beginning, God had great purpose for David’s life. From a young shepherd boy to anointed king over Israel, God took the unlikely and placed him in the most prominent position of the kingdom – a position that would include the lineage to a Kingdom that would never end. Are you feeling overlooked and stuck in the pasture? Keep planting Kingdom seeds right where God has placed you. God is with you. God is for you. God’s plan for your life exceeds anything this world has to offer, even if it doesn’t quite make sense just yet. Hold on… He knows what He’s doing.
God keeps His promises.
“And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me.
Your throne shall be established forever.” – 2 Samuel 7:16
In 2 Samuel 5 we’re told that David reigned over Israel for forty years, and just two chapters later the Lord is promising that the throne of David will never end. From the whole of Scripture we know that David doesn’t live forever, and that this promise goes far beyond the imperfect kings that were to follow. But when “forever” was in jeopardy, God made a way. A child would be born to a virgin who would fulfill the need for a righteous son of David to take the throne. His name was Jesus, and His would be a Kingdom that would never end.
God has provided a forever inheritance.
“… you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” – Ephesians 2:19
When was the last time you thought about the fact that as a child of God, you are an heir to the greatest inheritance in the universe?! Whatever we strive to achieve on earth can’t even touch what is ours in Christ: the world and everything that is in it (1 Cor. 3:21-23), and life eternal with Christ as our reward. Lest we get discouraged in the waiting, consider this challenge by John Newton: “Suppose a man was going to New York to take possession of a large estate, and his [carriage] should break down a mile before he got to the city, which obliged him to walk the rest of the way; what a fool we should think him, if we saw him ringing his hands, and blubbering out all the remaining mile, ‘My [carriage] is broken! My [carriage] is broken!'” In this world we will have trouble, but let’s live in great hope today while we wait for that Day!
Through the line of David, a King was born for great purpose: to establish a Kingdom not of this world. This King is for you. This King is mighty to save, and He’s worthy of all of your trust and confidence in the here and now.
Oh Father, would you take our eyes off of the trappings and disappointments of this world and help us to take possession of all that you have offered us through your Son Jesus? God, help us to live – really live – like we’re children of the King.
*Let’s Talk: How can you plant Kingdom seeds where God has placed you today?
At His feet,
Week 2 Challenge: Read Matthew 1 to place David in the lineage of Christ. *Bonus: Write the full list of names recorded in this chapter (from Abraham to Jesus) in your study journal.
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