What to Remember When You Can't Forget
I Chronicles 17:1-5; II Chronicles 6:1-9
Everyone writes two books, one with their dreams and ambitions, the other with their actual performance. To compare the two is to face disappointment.
Sometimes God says "No" to a dream, vision, ambition or plan. With David, there was an earnest longing and a fixed purpose. He had built the Temple every night in his dreams: it was to be a fitting climax to his life and a monument to his service to God. "It was in my heart"..... But God said, "No."
We forget the good things, remember the bad. We forget the compliments, remember the criticisms. We forget the many times God says, "Yes", but always remember the one time He says "No". Sometimes this leads to cynicism, bitterness an resentment. It will cloud our outlook on life and we can misinterpret God's actions.
WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU CAN'T FORGET:
I. A GOOD IDEA IS NOT ALWAYS A GODLY IDEA.
You can find nothing wrong with David's idea; it was a great vision and plan.
1. It was needed. God dwelt in a tent.
2. It would unite Israel and Judah, the kingdom.
3. The motive was to honor God
4. God wanted a permanent temple. (I Chron. 28:12, 19.)
5. Nathan the prophet agreed with and confirmed it.
But God said NO. How many of our prayers are like this? GOD HIMSELF SETS OUR TASKS, CHOOSES WHAT WE SHALL DO.
Later, God explains why David couldn't build the temple. "Your hands are bloody." God uses some for BATTLE, others for BUILDING.
Illustration: Some great churches are built on the battles that others before them have fought. Of course, the builder gets all the- credit and glory.
DAVID'S FAILURE DOESN'T MEAN GOD'S FAILURE; The temple will be built.
(There were three temples: The first was destroyed in 587 BC by Nebuchadnezzar. The second was Zerubbabel's from 527-168 BC. The third was Herod's from 19 AD to 70 AD. Today a Moslem Mosque occupies the spot. So muc ...
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