1 Timothy 6:6-7
Nathan Gives David a Message From God
2 Samuel 12:1-6
David coveted a woman by the name of Bathsheba and wanted to make her his wife. Bathsheba was already married, so David planned a way for her husband to be killed. David invited Bathsheba to come live at the palace with him and to give birth to David’s son in an attempt to make things right. “The Lord was displeased with what David had done. So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story.” (2 Samuel 11:27-12:1)
Nathan told David the story that the Lord had given him. There were two men, one rich, one poor, and their possessions were sheep. The rich man owned many, many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but just one little lamb. As the story goes, the rich man stole and killed the poor man’s only lamb to serve to a traveling dinner guest that had stopped for a visit. David was so upset and angered by the actions of the rich man in the story that he commanded the rich man repay the poor man many times over, and David even threatened that the rich man deserved death!
Nathan told David, “You are that man!” (vs. 7)
But wait…there’s more!
Nathan continued and reminded David of all that God had done for him and given him. Vs. 8 states that if David was not content he only needed to ask God for more. God’s giving nature is like a parent who wants only the best for their children.
David desired more and chose the wrong way to get it. The good news is that he repented and God forgave him. (v.13) David ultimately paid a high price for his sins, but he was a changed man.
Overcoming desire and learning contentment is a difficult lesson, even for a man after God’s own heart. The world will work endlessly to tell us we need more than we have and that our happiness is dependent upon gaining things.
Let this be our prayer when faced with temptation of want:
Proverbs 30:8 (NLT)
“First, help me never to tell a lie.
Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!
Give me just enough to satisfy my needs..”