I love to read God's word because it seems that I learn more and more from each time I sit to read it despite the fact that I have been reading it for about 25 years now. It makes me think of what JP Thew, my pastor's middle school son, said in church on Sunday, something like this... I like going to camp and stuff because well I don't know everything yet. Well I like reading God's Word, because at 39 I just don't know everything yet. I am thinking that at 79 I will be saying the same thing.
I have noticed in reading the past few days that God gives promises to Abraham, Isaac, and David that are absolutely undeserved, unsolicited, and powerful. To Abraham he promised a rich inheritance of nations and land and His blessing. To Isaac he gave a son and the inheritance of Abraham. He gave David the promise of having a powerful dynasty and that his son would build God a house, aside from the riches and power he gave to David. I just can't help but think, why? Why would a God who doesn't need us want to give so much? Why would He want to go into a covenant relationship with us knowing that we are so unlikely to appreciate it, and so likely to abuse His grace. Why would God choose to richly pour grace and blessing on a people who are so flawed and so quick to forget Him?
Don't you love David's boldness? He was saying God, do what you have promised. Do it so others will say that you keep your promises. I am reminding myself today to pray those prayers to God. Lord God, keep your promises to my family. You chose us, you redeemed us, now continue to show yourself faithful. Do in our lives what only you can do. Today God, I ask that you would keep your promises and bring about the dreams you have given us to dream. Protect our house, and let it be complete.