2 Samuel 7:1-29; 8:1-14, 1 Chronicles 17:1-15; 18:1-13, Psalm 60 (NIV)
Linda Turner, Finance Income Manager
I don’t know about you, but I find it a pleasurable challenge to try new things. I remember one time that I was involved in multiple new ventures; each one rewarding and doing well. One day when I arrived home my husband told me he had found three potentially new clients for one of my businesses. He was sure that I would be ecstatic. Instead, I started crying! He looked at me like I was crazy. Well, in a way I was. I was living in high gear twenty hours a day with adrenaline pumping in my veins 24×7.
It was at that moment I had a true paradigm shift in my thinking. I realized for the first time that although I was able to do many things well, it didn’t mean I was supposed to do all of these things.
In our Bible reading today, the prophet Nathan told King David, “Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.” I love this verse. It encourages my heart to know that I have permission to step forward and try new things. As Christians, we have God’s Spirit living in us. Zechariah 4:6 tells us, “Not by might or by power, but by My Spirit, says The Lord Almighty.”
As wonderful as that verse is, the following verses remind us that with all the permission we have to step forward, our heart must be tuned in to what God is telling us that He wants for our lives today. God has plans for each one of us. “The steps of a righteous man are directed by The Lord.”
If you read today’s passage closely, King David had a good idea. There is nothing wrong with it. It is quite honorable in fact. But God had a plan for David, and it wasn’t building God a house. The building plans would have to wait for David’s son Solomon. God had other plans for David.
Whenever the Bible says “This is what The Lord Almighty says,” your ears should perk up. “I/God took you from the pasture and from following the flock, to be ruler over My people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make…and I will provide…I will plant…I will subdue…I will build…I will raise up…I will establish…I will be…I will never take my love away from him…I will set him over…”
Do you want to be successful? Pass all of your wonderful, creative plans on to God. Listen attentively to His guidance, and rest in His strength, wisdom, power and love.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in The Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths.”