From Jim O'Brien
November 09, 2018

The Generosity of God

Hi Friend,

People who are even vaguely familiar with the Bible know the story of David and Bathsheba. David allowed himself to lapse into a sin that was about to be discovered. His solution was to kill a good man to cover up his failings.

This must have presented a dilemma for God. Of the billions of people who have ever lived, God loved David as much as any. The Bible says he was a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22), yet such a sin could not be ignored. This was more than leaving dirty socks on the floor. It was undeniable that David had committed two egregious sins, so it was inevitable that God would bring him to judgment.

God sent the Prophet Nathan with a message for David. The words give us a good insight into the mind of God. "Then Nathan said to David...This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master's house to you, and your master's wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah.'" (2 Samuel 12:7-8)

Now it was clear that God had blessed David. He was the least of his brothers yet he was anointed king. He had never been in combat yet in his first battle this inexperienced boy defeated a seasoned giant of a warrior.

Later the king, along with his trained army, pursued David and his rag tag band of brothers for several years but was never able to catch him.

Time after time God saved David from being killed.

God took an unknown child and made him king over Israel and then used him to accomplish the impossible task of reuniting a divided nation.

Nathan tells David all this and then adds a remarkable statement. "And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more." (verse 8)

This entire episode is rife with examples that illustrate the heart of God. He is a generous God. Though God had given David more than he could have imagined in his wildest dreams, He would have given even more. He's just that kind of God.

This concept came to mind while thinking about the wealth of the United States. Of all nations, the U.S. has been blessed beyond anything the world has seen. But the blessings came in spite of imperfections. God has been tolerant. But like kings of the ancient world we seem unaware WHO gave the blessings.

I suspect that if God sent a Prophet such as Nathan to us today he might say much the same as he said to David. "If this wealth were not enough I would have given you even more."

I sometimes give thanks for the sins of the patriarchs. The way God dealt with their shortcomings reaffirms both His justice and His mercy. They are, after all, the weightier matters of the law (Matt. 23:23).

It is clear that God is generous. He is also forgiving. When David humbled himself and repented, God was quick to forgive.

Like you, I wish this nation would turn to God in repentance. It wouldn't take the entire nation. When Jesus warned of a time so bad there had never been a time like in it history, he also said, "but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened." (Matt. 24:22)

In times like these the elect are in prayer!

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien