I was preparing for Sunday School yesterday and had a startling revelation. The lesson came from 2 Samuel 7:1-16. I'm not going to list the entire passage here, but I encourage you to read it before continuing.
In a nut shell, David and Nathan had a great idea to built a temple for God, but God had other plans. Yes, the temple would be built, but not by David and not to David's glory. Needless to say God spoke through Nathan and Nathan revealed the prophesy of a great king coming from David's lineage one day. Of David's many sons, God would anoint Solomon to build the temple and God promised to have mercy on Solomon, but did not promise all peaceful days for him. The story continues with David speaking to God and trying to understand the message that God had given him through Nathan, the prophet.
My revelation is that we often make plans for our lives or have bright ideas without consulting God first. Is it in God's plans? Is that what God wants us to do right now? Though David's heart was in the right place, it wasn't what God wanted him to do. God was content dwelling among His people in a tent. He stated in verses 6-7, that the ark of God had not dwelt in a house since He brought Israel out of Egypt. Wherever God's people went, God was there. That's a shouting moment right there because if you know anything about the children of Israel, you know that they are hard-headed and have been through some mighty storms. I thank God because like the children, He has never left nor forsaken us. God may not like what we do all the time, but He is still there, dwelling among us; giving us His love and protection.
I also learned that God allows certain things to happen in our lives in order to help us grow stronger and closer to God. I've been learning in Bible Study that God will test us and Satan tempts us, but they use the same means. God can allow us to be tempted, but our test is that we do not fall victim to the temptations of our fleshly desires, but cling to God's unchanging hand. Need back up? Read Matthews 4. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a part of the Holy Trinity. Therefore Jesus placed Himself in a temptationous (my new word) situation knowing that He would pass the test. Boom!!!
Back to David. David's hands were still filled with blood from the many wars he fought. The person who would build the temple had to be of peace and live in a tranquil time. That person was Solomon, who at that time had not been born yet. How awesome is that to receive a message from God that your unborn son would do great things for God? Sound familiar? You remember Mary and the angel Gabriel speaking to her right? David was still going to be blessed because the kingdom God established for him would in turn create the eternal kingdom through Jesus Christ. All I could think of was my daughters. Nothing else would matter to me if I knew that one day my daughters would birth a nation of greatness. Now that's something to shout about.
All in all, this passage gave me hope that no matter how bad life gets, God is better. That despite my plans, God's plans are greater. God has his hands on me and gives me mercy that I can't even explain. Like David, my heart is in the right place, but I have to seek God first before I carry out anything. "My ways are not my ways. My thoughts are not my thoughts." It is by the grace of God that I am saved and by the grace of God that my children will one day receive blessings beyond measure because I held fast and true to God's unchanging hands. #
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