Thursday, April 29, 2010

What more could a man want, or need?

2Sa 12:7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
2Sa 12:8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
2Sa 12:9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

I am not sure whether we should say David was blessed or cursed with all God gave him. He was made king, delivered from manifold battles, given Saul's house and even multiple wives (now you know why I wonder if this was a blessing or a curse). God indicated that He would have given him whatever else he might have wanted. God uses the catch all phrase, “such and such.”

But that wasn't enough. He also wanted the forbidden fruit. He had to touch the park bench just to see if the "wet paint" sign was true. He ventured too close to the edge of the cliff. Alas, the fruit was poison. The paint was wet. He lost his footing and tumbled into sin.

Oh, how foolish we are to ignore the multitudinous blessings of our beneficent Lord for the pleasures of sin for a season.

Mark my word though. Our trek into the forbidden zone does not come without great cost. The price David paid for his sin is immeasurable. The grief and heartache touched off by his moment of passion dropped as a stone into a placid lake, causing concentric waves to multiply many fold.

We remember the old adage, sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, sin will keep you longer than you wanted to stay and sin will cost you more than you wanted to pay.

Enjoy the blessings of God today and ignore the serpent's apple.

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