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Daily reading: 4 December

How can you make room for what God wants?

Something to read

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, 'Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?’

2 Samuel 7:18 from the full reading 2 Samuel 7:18-29

Something to think about

Have you ever prayed for something, knowing it was wrong and that God was probably against it, but gone ahead and done it anyway? No, of course not, but you know of someone who has, right?

Back in the day – way back in 1 Samuel 8 – the people came to the prophet and demanded a king. They had faced some tough times, what with Philistines coming and stealing their land, cattle and women, and felt that the best defence was to do what the nations around them were doing – have one man properly leading his people. God was against this king business, but the people demanded it anyway.

And once again in today’s reading, King David, having pressed the case for a permanent temple in Jerusalem and having heard God’s initial sceptical response, is rejoicing that God has given him the desire of his heart.

None of this ends well though. David may have made a good job of being king, but it’s downhill all the way afterwards. And the centralising of the religious cult only adds to the problems as it gives the elites so much power.

How’s that thing-you-shouldn’t-have-asked-for-but-got-anyway working for you by now?

Something to do

Take a look at your life. Take stock of all the good things you have. What shouldn’t be there? How will you get rid, so that it makes room for what God actually wants?

Something to pray

Lord of abundance, I have so much in my life that you have blessed me with. Thank you.

Forgive me that I just keep asking for more, even though I know I don’t need some of what I’m seeking.

Amen.

Today’s contributor is Dyfed Wyn Roberts. Dyfed works for Christian Aid in Wales. He has a PhD in church history and is a keen photographer.