Text: 2 Samuel 7 – David is living in peace and prosperity, and wants to build a house for God rather than a tent. Nathan blesses the endeavor, but God says “no.”
Dashed Dreams / Unfulfilled Expectations
Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. But the Lord said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless, it is not you who shall build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.’ (2 Chronicles 6:7-9 ESV)
Responding When God Says No
- Remember that God always acts with a purpose – even though it might not be expressed or understood (1 Chronicles 22:7-8, 1 Kings 5:3).
- Keep your ambition in perspective. Is your identity wrapped up in what you do, or Whose you are?
- Choose to focus on what you do have instead of what you don’t.”What is my house, that you have brought me so far…and yet this was a small thing in your eyes.” Sometimes we just need to “sit before the Lord.”
- Be a team player (Hebrews 11:39-40)
This passage points us to Christ, and the culmination of true peace when he returns.
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