Today's devotion from 2 Samuel 7 & 8.
In today's reading, everything is going great for David. He has the throne and the adoration of the people. One day, apparently as he is sitting around thinking about how blessed he is, David had a great idea: he would build God a house. As with all great ideas, it needed to be shared. So David called Nathan, a prophet, and shared his idea with him. It was great! Nathan says, "Go and do all that is on your mind, for the Lord is with you." (2 Samuel 7:3, CSB)
There was only one problem...no one asked God. Verse 4 begins with one of the most powerful words we have: but. Whenever we hear that word, it can cause us to leap for joy (we thought you had cancer, BUT the tests came back great) or it can cause us to experience shock and grief (I love you, BUT we need to see other people). What a powerful little word.
What God ultimately says is what we already know. Paul says it masterfully, "The God who made the world and everything in it—he is Lord of heaven and earth—does not live in shrines made by hands. Neither is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything,i since he himself gives everyone life and breath and all things." (Acts 17:24-25, CSB)
God doesn't bless you in order to obligate you to do something for Him. What does God need from you? What can you give God that is not already His? While David is talking about building a house for the ark of the covenant, God saw the eternal throne of Christ that would come from David's offspring. What does God need from David? Absolutely nothing. Yet, David needs more from God than he yet realizes.
A nice house, a throne, peace from his enemies, all of these are small and insignificant to the God who spoke creation into being. While he sat in a fine house on a throne during a time of peace, he needed more. What more could he need? He didn't need an heir. He needed a Savior.