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Follow Where He Leads

1 Chronicles 16–17

Fork in the road - childToday we read of David’s desire to build a permanent abode for God.  2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17 relate the exact same story – and in 2 Samuel we get some additional information.  The prophet Nathan thought this was a good idea and encouraged David to move forward.  God, however, had a different plan.  He said, you won’t build me a house – I will build you a house.

2 Samuel 7:11 ESV

“…Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house.”

A descendant of David will sit on the throne of Israel/Judah for several hundred years.  More importantly, a descendent of David will sit on the eternal throne.  That descendent is Jesus.

1 Chronicles 17:11-15 ESV

“When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom.  He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.  I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.’”

I could read this passage and think that God is referring to Solomon who we know will eventually build God a beautiful temple – the house of God.  While the first verse of this passage could possibly refer to Solomon; the rest of it couldn’t possibly.  This passage refers to Jesus.  Jesus is a descendent of David and Solomon.  The house He is building for God is the church.   You see, when we submit to Christ we become children of God; we are adopted into God’s family.  Isn’t that just amazing?  God is talking about you in this story!  You are part of the “house” Jesus is building for God!

There is another important lesson to discover in our reading.  God has blessed us so very much and the knowledge of this blessing can instill in us a desire to “do something for God”.  Let me ask you something – what can you do for God that He can’t already do for Himself?  David was so good about going to the Lord to seek His guidance in almost every major decision he made.  There are notable exceptions and this is one of them.  God didn’t need David to build Him a temple; that is a job He intended for Solomon.

Do you see how it works?  You don’t decide for yourself what you will do for God.  God gives you guidance and He expects you to obey Him.  Every idea, every fork in the road, should be brought to God for guidance.  What you want to do may be consistent with God’s will but it may be a task intended for someone else.  You can’t know for sure unless you turn to Him for guidance.  By the same token we should not decline to obey God in what He has asked us to do.  God is not running a democracy.  It is His world and you are His creation.  Having submitted to Christ, you are His child and like all good children you must do as your Father directs.

Brothers, do you see that the only way to accept God’s guidance is to spend time with Him; to spend time in prayer and His Word?  We get so busy running around doing trivial things and then suddenly decide that we will do X, Y, or Z for God.  Things are out of whack; your priorities are up-side-down.  I implore you guys to take everything to God in prayer and to follow where God leads you.  Even that which you wish to do “for” God should be set before Him first.  Make God THE daily priority in your life.  You’ll be glad you did.

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

(Originally posted 5/7/11)

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