Scripture: 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
2 Samuel 7 records the covenant God had made with David, promising to carry on David’s family line forever. Nathan, the prophet, is mentioned in this chapter. Prophets were living during the reign of each of the kings of Israel. God wanted the prophets to encourage the people to follow God’s ways and to communicate God’s laws and instructions to the king that was reigning. David had felt bad that he lived in a nice palace, and the Ark of the Covenant sat under a tent. Nathan communicated to David that God did not want David to build a house for Him and the Ark of the Covenant. God wanted David to lead Israel and to destroy its enemies instead. The task of building a beautiful palace would be left to David’s son Solomon. David then prayed, expressing His acceptance of God’s promise to extend his family line. God had a greater purpose for David.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Sometimes God tells us no with our plans. When He does tell us no, we should utilize the other opportunities that He puts in front of us. God’s way for our lives is way better than our own. When God closes a door, it is His way of directing us to a greater purpose in our lives. We must be willing to move according to God’s timing and do as He instructs us. David prayed to God, responding to His answer with deep humility and not resentment. When God chooses someone else to implement our ideas in life, we must respond with the same humility, not allowing resentment to sneak into our lives. Take the time to praise God and thank Him for all that He does.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please continue to guide and protect us on a daily basis, and help us to always do Your will. We pray for protection from harm and pain in this fallen world. Help us to avoid evil desires and actions that begin with us, and please guard our every thought and every action. Help us draw near to You. Help us to flee from our temptations in life, for we know that the consequences of our sins can ruin not only our lives, but the lives of others, as well. We thank You for the unique talents and strengths that You give to each one of us. Please help us to utilize the opportunities that You put in front of us, for Your ways are better than our own. We know that You have a greater purpose for our lives. Help us to be patient and wait upon Your timing, Father. Please help us to use those giftings to honor and serve You. Thank You for being such a loving and forgiving, Father. And thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.