Scripture: 1 Chronicles 17
I wanted to highlight certain sections of this chapter. In verse 3 God tells Nathan, to go and tell David that “It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in”. God had started a work in David, however, it wasn’t David who was to bring that work to completion. Instead it was his son, Solomon. In the verse above Nathan gave David some powerful advice which was to “Do all that is in your [his] heart, for God is with you [him]”. (V2). God was with David every step of the way, even through Solomon’s work.
I wanted to focus specifically on the fact that instead of getting angry with God, David did exactly what was asked of him. Throughout his work he remained thankful to God. How many of us, can pass the baton to someone else and honestly allow that person to continue what we’ve already started? Often times when we are doing the work of God we want to be the ones to complete the task. God is teaching us different. Sometimes, God is only calling us to begin something while he is preparing someone else to complete it. That doesn’t mean that God is not pleased with what we’ve done. It just means that, he wanted for us to be involved to a certain extent.
In our Christian walk, and our involvement in the Church, we often find ourselves wanting to be involved in everything, but thats not God’s plan for us. I read in my devotional today a quote from Bible commentator, J.G. McConville that says “Often we may have to accept that the work which we would dearly like to perform in terms of Christian service is not that which we are best equipped, and not that to which God has in fact called us”. Its okay to want to be involved but we need to seek God’s face through it all. Only He can lead us in the direction we really should be going. Like David, God wants us to remain thankful through the entire process, even in those situations where we have to pass the baton to someone else.
I have personally be there before. As a young Christian, I was always wanting to be involve in many aspects of the church. However, I was doing it because I was afraid of discounting from the church and the Lord. I later discovered that wanting to be involved in so many different areas was not healthy for me because I wasn’t doing them for the right reasons. God kept speaking to me saying “To take a step back and trust in him”. That is exactly what I am doing today. It is not an easy thing to do but trust that it is for the best. I am still finding my way but I am not doing it alone.
In his prayer, David asked God an important question. He asked “Who am I…..that God has brought me thus far?” (V20). We should all ask God this very question, in doing so, we will discover just who we are in christ and what his plans are for us. When we know who we are in Him, we have a better understanding of where we should be. Seek God’s glory in all you do and you will see His hands at work in your service.
-God’s ways are not without purpose (Our daily Bread Devotion, POH FANG CHIA)