2 Samuel 7-11
It’s funny to be writing a “growup” blog today – it’s Angus’ birthday! And it’s amazing to see how much he’s grown up in just 12 months. Physical growth is so rapid in the early years isn’t it?!
I reckon it can be the same in our new life in Christ too. At the beginning we seem to grow every day. It’s easy to look back and think “Wow! Look how far God has brought me in just this short time!”. But then the growth seems to slow down or even to plateau. It becomes much harder to know what God is doing in us. Whatever growth there is seems imperceptible.
I’ve been encouraged this week from God’s word to see that his way is often to work quietly and steadily rather than in dramatic ways and that if we simply apply ourselves to listening to his word and doing what it says, then we can count on him to be at work in us for our good and his glory.
Having said all that, today’s passage is definitely a big one! It moves from the sublime promise of God to David in 7:8-16 to establish his throne forever, to the ridiculous treachery of David in chapter 11 where he commits adultery and murder. What do we learn? Well, if even David, God’s anointed king and the “man after god’s own heart” can get it so wrong, then we really do need a Saviour! Praise God that his forever King, King Jesus, has achieved for us what no mere human king ever could.