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God’s will over my will

“And now, O Lord God, I am your servant; do as you have promised concerning me and my family. Confirm it as a promise that will last forever. And may your name be honored forever so that everyone will say, ‘The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is God over Israel!’ And may the house of your servant David continue before you forever. “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, God of Israel, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer to you because you have revealed all this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you—a dynasty of kings!’ For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to your servant. And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!” 2 Samuel 7:25-29

David was hoping that he will be the one building a permanent house for the Ark of the Covenant instead God told him that it will be His covenant with David that will be established. This covenant established by God with David was known as the Davidic covenant. This covenant will establish David’s throne forever. “Furthermore, the Lord declares that he will make a house for you—a dynasty of kings!” (2 Samuel 7:11). From the text, David prayed to God that through his leadership and with His promised covenant with him, he asked God to help him and his family that through them God’s name will be honored forever. David planned out to build a permanent place for God yet God has a different plan. When David realized this, he showed his willingness to submit. His plan and his vision were good and even though God did not allow him to continue on, He acknowledged his good intentions. “But the Lord told him, ‘You wanted to build the Temple to honor my name. Your intention is good, but you are not the one to do it. One of your own sons will build the Temple to honor me’” (2 Chronicles 6:8-9). It may be that in your desire to serve God you have thought out a plan on how to fulfill it then God revealed to you that He has a different plan. Do not be disheartened and do not let the change that God wants to implement is thwarting your dreams. Instead just like David and other examples provided in the Scriptures, be willing to submit to God’s will. Accept the will of God and pray that through your life and the things you will do for Him as expressions of your service will glorify and honor Him. Remember God’s promise, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).


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