Day 114

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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.”

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4 responses »

  1. Good thoughts, Linda. Choosing between Good and Bad is difficult many times, but sometimes it’s even harder to choose between Good and Best. God has given many of us multiple skills and opportunities, but we all have the same, limited amount of time.

    I also noticed in today’s reading that God seems to have a role for each of us, and being qualified for that role doesn’t automatically mean we’re qualified for a different role. David was a skilled leader, a skilled warrior, a skilled musician, and a skilled poet (to mention a few items). But none of his skills qualified him to build a house for God: that wasn’t part of God’s role for David. We need to be satisfied with the role God has given us. To be sure, we need to keep studying and praying to be certain we know what His role for us is, but when we are certain then we need to accept it with all of its responsibilities and restrictions. And, like David and the house of God, if we aren’t allowed do a job, we can certainly make preparations to make it easier for someone else to do it.

  2. Lord, I am so grateful that You no longer live in a Tabernacle built by human hands and carried around wherever we go. You do not live in a Temple of the finest gold, silver and treasures. You dwell in my (our) heart. Closer than a whisper, always there and ready to lead if I will only ask You. You do not come and go, commute from temple to temple. You take up permanent and complete residence. Lord, make me, Your temple, pure and pleasing in Your sight. Make it a place that will draw others to You, a place where Your glory, Your Shekinah, is evident in whatever form You chose. Glorify Yourself in me, Almighty Father.

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