II Samuel 7-9

“I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel.  And I have been with you wherever you went …” (7:8-9).  David was reminded that God was not like the idols who were created by humans and needed houses.  God is the initiator, the One who creates, loves, and saves.  God told David that he, the Lord, would instead build David “a house” – a dynasty (7:11).  

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us” (I John 4:9).  God reached out to us in love before we ever knew him, and our faith is a response to his grace.