“After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.” Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.” But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying: “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: “Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? …did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 7
Full text: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 11-17.
King David, after finally settling in his cedar home, desired a house for the ark of God.
However, God made it clear through Nathan that He was not interested in a physical house. Instead He would establish the House of David culminating in one who would “sit on the throne forever.” – Jesus!
God was not simply promising that He would ensure the continuation of David’s lineage as a sort of memorial to him.
God was promising to raise up His own Son from among the descendants of David…
This is how God the showman does His things!
You see, like King David, we offer God some grandiose idea of how we plan to honor Him, and He comes at us with a completely counterintuitive plan, one which is far more superior….and like Him has no end.
We must be thankfully that God reads our hearts and edits our plans and our prayers so that they are far more than we would have dared to dream…let alone ask.
This Lent, should be a time when we relinquish our plans to God…and get ready for Him to do something amazing.
Father, I’m always so eager to implement my own small ideas. Grant me the wisdom and the humility to trust in You and to remember that just as You had a covenant with David, of how You would built Your throne for all generations with the wood of the cross…with me also You have a covenant to prosper me…to give me hope and a future. May I never be a stumbling block to that promise. Amen.