Part Two of Temple Building.
Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-29
David thought he was called to build God’s temple. He felt unworthy to live in palatial excellence while God “dwelt” in the Arc of the Covenant. When David spoke his concerns and well-meaning desire to the prophet Nathan, Nathan’s response was to go for it. However, God intervened and told Nathan to relay a different message to David. 2 Samuel 7:1-6
I have gotten, what I thought, was sound advice from the elders in my life. I heeded their insight because they were more mature in spirit and faith. As I have grown I have seen the difference between obedience(what God intended) and excited advice. It’s awesome and humbling when our trusted confidants come back to relay a different message; perhaps more information became available or a new approach is taken. In either event, if we don’t have someone in our lives that is able to admit being wrong, it may be a reflection of us.
What are we selling? David, being who he was, sold the prophet Nathan on his idea to build the Temple. David had peace from his enemies and was able to rest in comfort because of God’s mercy. Wouldn’t God choose David, the man Samuel the prophet stood out in the pasture to wait for? 1 Samuel 16:10-11
Can we admit mistakes to God, ourselves, to others? If so, wonderful please keep being an example for those unable to. If not, and it is painful to utter a sincere apology, then there is work to do. The questions to ask ourselves: who is allowed to 1. build in our sub-conscience; 2. construct the way we think. Is it our family, friends, social media…. music? What dictates our next move? Those questions should shock us into reality. Our autopilot way of the world mindset will distract us from growing spiritually, academically, and prioritizing our time.
We are more with Christ than we could ever be without Him. Let’s make healing our broken thoughts and shattered hearts a priority. The healing begins by acknowledging pain.