13th June 2020
From 2 Samuel 7:1-17, we understand that David at that time had build a palace for himself, and as the Ark of Covenant was still in a tent, David intended to build a house/temple for God. David shared his idea with Nathan (the Prophet), and Nathan supported David’s idea. However that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan and God asked Nathan to tell David that God had not asked or required David to build a house / temple for God. (In the bible, we are told that God then allowed David’s son, Solomon, to build the temple for God when Solomon became king.) God reminded David through Nathan that it was God who chose David while he was a shepherd and raised him to be king over Israel, and God also gave him victories over his enemies. In 2 Samuel 7: 11 – 16, we read that God declared that God himself would establish a house for David, and this “house” is not an ordinary house but is in fact a kingdom for David which is everlasting and David’s descendants would be on its throne. (In the genealogy of our Lord Jesus, we know that He is from the line of David, and Jesus will reign forever.)
(1) While we may have good intentions to do what we think is good, beneficial or noble, God may have very different plans. We should always go to the Lord to seek for His directions especially before making big or important decisions or plans.
(2) The “house” that David wanted to build for God and the temple which Solomon actually built for God are incomparable to the “house” that God established for David and the House of David.
All that we have are from God. Nobody can outgive or outdo God.
Lord, thank you for the generosity that You have poured out to us. With the gifts that You have given to us, whether its wealth, abilities or talents, help and guide us to use them for the purposes that are directed and intended by You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.