(thoughts on 2 Chronicles 1)
I loved David’s attitude. He never got over-stressed in finding God’s “perfect” will or “permissive” will. Instead, He knew that God WOULD work His purpose through him. All he had to do is “acknowledge Him,” live righteously, and DO whatever his hand found to do with all his might. Pro 3:6, Psa 37:23
Throughout Davids life you see a man of action, a warrior, a musician, a king, yet a humble and dependent child of God who never hesitated to obey God’s command. As he “acknowledged and served” God, David had complete confidence that God would make his efforts successful.
That is how he approached the building of the temple. He simple wanted God to have an even grander house than King David’s, so he started preparing to build. That is when God sent his priest NATHAN (love that guy) to tell Him that God didn’t want him to build the temple but to simply gather resources instead. And David did just that.
LESSON 1: DO SOMETHING
David never sat around. He was always actively serving God. And, the one time David did more than God wanted him to, God gently pulled him aside (without consequence) and shared an even bigger plan with him. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, God gave him an essential part of that plan.
LESSON 2: HELP SOMEONE ELSE DO SOMETHING
David’s temple would not have been as grand as Solomon’s. And Solomon’s temple would not have been the same without David’s resources. David had to recognize that he would spend the remainder of his days sacrificing and gathering the finest resources in all the world for a project that he would not be able to manage.
WOW. If our only churches and government had more Davids. As I look around at so many talented people like Leah Taylor, Matt Mills, John Paul Holmes, Jamie Anderson, James Jernigan…and so many more, I can’t help but think that somewhere along the way, people were suppose to store or provide resources for them to accomplish a higher purpose. Yes, God’s plan will be accomplished. But imagine how much grander these ministries would be if generations worked together as a body. That was the idea I had behind a BUSINESS PLAN God gave me to transform the American Music Industry.
LESSON 3: DO YOUR PART WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT
David spared no expense, nor did Solomon. David spent the rest of his days searching the world for the best of the best materials. But while he did that, he also prepared his people to support Solomon’s vision.
LESSON 4: LET GOD BE THE ARCHITECT
Any great plan is much bigger than one generation! And it takes EVERY generation giving everything they have to make it complete. God is the only one who will be around for the whole process. Let’s surrender to Him and let go of our own plans. Just take whatever is in front of you and make the most of it.
What have you done today?
Are you simply sitting and waiting on God?
Are you serving God and letting Him guide you?
Thoughts God gave me on this:
God does not guide something that isn’t already moving.
God guides gently, but He jump-starts with force.
God punished the man who buried his talent, but rewarded those who invested, regardless of the return. Mat 25:12
God has given you something (making money, talent, wisdom) what have you done with it?
If your gift needs a partner…FIND THEM!
How will God react to your excuses?
So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ –Mat 25:27-30