Ever felt at times that God is like a wet blanket, messing up your plans even when they are noble and good? David had the same experience and let’s see what we can learn from him.
After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given [David] rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”
But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan…
2 Samuel 7:1-4
King David had a burden to build a great temple for God’s ark. That is a wonderful thing he planned to carry out, an act of love to the Lord. So being a very careful man, he first asked the advice of the prophet Nathan.
Quick question: Do you ask for advice from godly people before making your decisions?
So, Nathan said go ahead, the Lord is with you in whatever you do. Green light for David!
However, that night the Lord told Nathan that David wasn’t the one to make the temple but David’s son Solomon. It’s interesting that godly men like Nathan can sometimes give wrong advice! I’m not saying that we don’t listen but we have to prayerfully consider if that is God’s will.
How did David respond?
27 “Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
David praised God for being faithful and trustworthy. Thankfully, David obeyed God’s command not to build the temple. The scary thing is, it would be hard for people to spot. Outwardly, you’re doing a fine thing for God but He wouldn’t be pleased with you. God would not, could not bless your activity however noble if it is out of His will.
Would you get angry when God “messes” up your plans and gives the red light to stop?
“I wanted to go to the mission field Lord!”
“I wanted to give my time teaching disadvantaged youths!”
“I want to marry so-and-so!”
Those are fantastic plans but the Lord in His infinite wisdom, knows what’s best for us. He has better plans for us. Just like for David.
Would you lay your best-laid plans in God’s loving hands and let Him lead? Tell the Lord how much you need His leading in your life and submit to Him.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.