…And all through the house, people began freaking out because we had less than four weeks to find, buy, and wrap gifts, drag the tree home to decorate, and go to more parties than we had fingers to keep tally.
Breathe in, breathe out. Welcome, December. You’re appropriately chilly, wild rumors of snow are rampant, and crisp bells are finally adorning the music on the radio stations. It’s been a long wait.
King David in 2 Samuel 7 wanted to end a long wait. God had instructed Israel to build a tent hundreds of years ago in the desert to be the place where people would come and worship. And the Levites were still carting it around, even though the kingdom was secure. It was time to build God a proper house.
But this is what God told David:
‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. 9 And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house…”
God turned the tables on David, promising that He would establish David’s house, or descendants as kings. He was going to have a dynasty! Forever!
David sat down and prayed a wowed response.
“28 And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. 29 Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”
And David’s son Solomon built the temple for God. But things did not stay stable for long. Solomon’s son lost ten of the twelve tribes of Israel to a rival. Many generations of war later, Babylon took the royal family into exile. And many of the descendants of David did not wear the title of prince. Rome conquered Israel. And Joseph, a carpenter, learned that his betrothed wife was going to have a baby named Jesus. He would be King!
Hundreds of years went past, but God had spoken, His words were true, and the promise was fulfilled! God’s house for David lasted much longer than the physical temples that the kings constructed. And Jesus will be coming back. The promise counted for eternity, and Jesus is coming back (see Revelation 22).
God built David a house to last. And we’re still waiting on the end of that promise. It does not come with a big star on the calendar. It’s not something we can count down, but we can look forward to it. Because God will fulfill His promise. Just like He began over 2,000 years ago.
God, thank You for Your promise of a house for David. Thank You that we can celebrate how You came to fulfill that promise every year. And we can look forward to how You will come back as King. Thank You for Your promises to us. You are good! Amen.