January 9

David prayed, “Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have wrought all this greatness.” 2 Samuel 7:21 

This is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. I John 4:9 NIV

Promises are often made and almost just as often are broken. Most of the time we manage to do whatever we promised – but we fallible humans don’t do so well at following through on all the things we promise to do. We forget we promised to water the neighbors garden while they are gone, we forget to pick up the ingredient we promised to bring home for dinner; we just don’t do what we promised.  

God is so different with His promises.” With God, saying and doing are not two things, as they often are with men; God will do as he hath said.”  David hears, through Nathan’s revelation, that God will never take His love away from David and that his house, his family, will endure forever. David prays in thanksgiving to God that He has brought David to the position of kingship, and has “wrought all this greatness.”  David’s prayer acknowledges that this is all due to the grace of God, not something that was inherently great in David or his family. He asks for God’s continued blessing on his family and nation.

How about us? In I John we read about God’s love for each and every one of us. This is the promise God made to all of us and fulfilled by sending Jesus into our world, to give us joyful life as we live through Him, and then, at the end of this life, we receive eternal life.

Just like David we can pray to the God who has promised us His love. We too need to acknowledge that this is all due to the grace of God, not something we have to be busily earning. So we start out with thanks for all the God has already done for us. The, we can pray for very specific things such as a friend’s recovery from an injury due to a fall and we can pray for general things and if we can’t figure out quite what to pray for we can pray about that too! Thanks be to God who has promised to love us always and who doesn’t forget His promises.

Loving and gracious God, nothing compares to the goodness and love that you show us in Jesus. Thank you for sending your Son into the world to shine his love upon us. Forgive us for living our lives through family, work, or reputation. We ask you to change us and help us to learn how to live our lives through Jesus alone. Amen 

Chris Gabel