Read 2 Samuel 7
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Scripture- 2 Samuel 7:11b-13a- Furthermore, the Lord declares that he will make a house for you—a dynasty of kings! For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name.
Observations- How odd it must have been for David to hear from God through the prophet Nathan that the Lord would in fact bless him and his family in innumerable ways, but not in the way that David would have most expected- by being called upon to build a wonderful Temple to worship the God who had done so much for him.
Application- Blessings often come to us in unexpected ways. I reflect often on how stunned I was to get a call from my supervisor telling me we would be moving after serving only four years at my previous church in Ft. Myers. Things were going really well. We liked it there. I didn't understand at all how this could make sense, but I do now. David wanted to build God a Temple, but God told him there were other plans he needed to accomplish. If we have eyes to see, God can and will surprise and delight us as His will unfolds- often slowly- in our lives.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for Who You are and that I belong to You. Thank You for Your Church, Jesus' bride, which is often a mess, but she is always Your mess. Help us be perfected in love as we seek Your best will for our lives. Lead us so we don't go off in our directions; rather help us to spend time with You in Your Word in order to hear You as loudly and clearly as possible as we pray. Amen.
"Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18),
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