Appreciate What You Have

‘”I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed?”‘

(2 Samuel 12:8-9 NLT)

King David had more than one wife, yet he pursued someone else’s wife. In fact, he killed her husband to get her. Outrageous, isn’t it? God had blessed him with so much and “if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more,” God argued (2 Samuel 12:8). What was David still lacking that prompted him to break God’s laws? After all, this man had everything anyone could ever ask for. As it turns out, David’s problem wasn’t so much lacking anything, but under appreciating what he already had.

Yet David isn’t the only one. I’m amazed at the blessings God showers us with every day, but for many people, it’s never “enough.” They’re always in pursuit of something “more,” even if that means violating God’s laws to get it. They just can’t seem to appreciate what they already have and fail to realize that it’s God’s desire to give them more, but on His terms and in His time. Be content with what you have and if there’s anything else that you need, trust that God can provide it in His time because it is His desire to give us much, much more.

Failing to appreciate what we have makes us want what we think we should have.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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