Devotional Reading: Psalm 98; Background Scripture: 2 Samuel 7
Have you ever heard the phrase, “The best laid plans of mice and men?” This lesson reminds me of that particular statement. David had built himself a beautiful mansion, and he was making big plans to build a lavash structure for God. Now wanting to do something great for God is not a bad idea; however, this was not God’s idea. How many times do we take off running with an idea that we are sure that it came from God? Yet; we are completely disappointed when we realize that we were serving our own interests and not the plans of God. It’s not a pretty site or a good feeling, but it does happen.
If we go back a little further in 2 Samuel, we will find that even Nathan, David’s servant, thought the idea had merit. Again, constructing a building for the mighty God, was a wonderful idea, but the essence of and completeness of God didn’t then and does not now, need to be contained in a lavish building.
Where was prayer in David’s plans? Where is prayer in your plans? You know, even when we get these great ideas as to what we can do for God (yeah, like He needs us to favors for Him) , we should always pray so that we don’t put our plans in front of God’s plans. God had to remind David, as He has to remind us sometimes; He has brought us to this place, protected us from dangers seen and unseen, from the beginning of time– invited us to be in a relationship with Him, has loved us through all of our mess ups and mis-steps–He has the ultimate plan for all things. Keep your eyes on Jesus–that is where we find “an eternal kingdom”. What are your thoughts?