Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” (…) Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. (2 Samuel 7:1-3,11b)
I love this passage. Here we find David and he’s just come up with what he thought was a brilliant idea - He was going to build God a house. Fast forward to verse 11 though and it’s God that says “ACTUALLY, I’m going to build you, David, a house” - figuratively of course.
It strikes me though… How often do we come up with a brilliant idea, or at least what we think is a brilliant idea, and God is like “Yea… That’s great and all. But I’m ACTUALLY going to do this.” Sometimes we may not understand God’s reasoning. But, much like with David, God’s plans always seem to work out better…
Lord, help me to trust your plan over my own ambitions today. In Jesus name I pray. Amen