“But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, ‘Go and tell my servant David, “Thus says the Lord: It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in.”
1 CHRONICLES 17:3-4
Read 2 Samuel 7:1-29; 1 Chronicles 22:2-5
A few years ago, I hosted a wonderful elderly saint who had been a faithful Christian for most of his adult life. He stayed with my family and me for a few days while we enjoyed our annual International Four12 Conference. During the course of his stay, we got to know each other rather well while eating together, travelling together, swapping life stories and generally sharing life. One afternoon was set apart for sightseeing and we found ourselves exploring a beautiful beach on the west coast of the Isle of Man. As we looked out over the Irish Sea, he started reminiscing about the purpose of his life. Although I can’t recall the exact words, he said something to this effect, “I can’t wait to see what God wants to do with me and through me. I am sure He has a great plan for my life”. Perhaps I misunderstood his sentiment in that moment, but I couldn’t help sensing a measure of disappointment and even sorrow. This is the kind of thought one would expect to hear from someone in the prime of life, rather than in his or her “sunset” years. I remember silently praying, “Father, I don’t want to get to the end of my race, still waiting on Your purposes for and through me.” It seemed to me that this dear elderly brother was hoping for something that may never materialise. At least not in the way he anticipated.
What dreams do you have in Christ Jesus?
King David wanted to build a magnificent dwelling place for God but this was not to be. Our plans for life are seldom the same as God’s plans for our lives. However, His plans are always superior and ultimately for the glory of His name. This doesn’t mean that we should sit back and simply “hope” for the best. While we dream, we should do the following:
- Wholeheartedly worship God daily!
We were created to know God and be known by Him. If we come to the end of this life having been extravagant and consistent worshippers of Him, we have done well!
- Do the best with what is right in front of you!
Even if it seems irrelevant, work at everything as though you are doing it for Jesus (Colossians 3:23), knowing that he who is faithful with little, will be entrusted with much (Luke 16:10).
- Equip others!
David didn’t build the temple, but he equipped, resourced and empowered his son, Solomon, to do so. You can be the catalyst for others to flourish in the Lord, and the inspiration for those around you to greatly advance His Kingdom.
Don’t let disappointment slow you down.
Author: Rousseau Moss - Elder, Living Hope Church, Isle of Man