We are placed many times throughout life into difficult circumstances. Through it all, keep in mind that the God of the universe created over 100 billion galaxies with each galaxy having billions of stars but His greatest creation and who He loves the most are His people. The enemy is constantly plotting to get us off track but we can trust God to overrule our circumstances and friends can help along the way.
Such is the case as we read our passage today in 2 Samuel 7 as David shares with a friend named Nathan who was a prophet. David shares with Nathan about his thoughts of building a house for the ark of God. Later that night, the Lord came to Nathan in a vision telling Nathan to explain to David that He had been with David from the very beginning. From the time David had been tending sheep as a shepherd to becoming ruler over Israel (v. 8).
God wants David to remember that He had been with David through it all to set things up for his success. God was the one who gave David his great victories and cut off his enemies (v. 9). God promises rest from his enemies and that through David’s offspring, a kingdom would endure forever (16).
So Nathan the prophet told David that God wanted him to build the house for the arc of God. The response from David is to pray about this news. Prayer gives us a chance to have an open exchange with God who believes in us and is interested in our future. Let us see ourselves as God sees us; someone worth so much that He sent His son to die on the cross for all.
This day with You Lord, we understand more now about friendships. That Nathan was a friend to David but most of all, that You Lord are our friend. What a friend we have and the Spirit lives in us so there is no longer the need for a temple because we are Your temple. Thank you Lord for this new covenant that is superior to the old. Amen.