Monday, September 12, 2016

Who's Plan is This Anyway?

Let’s look at 1 Chronicles 28:20-21. David had it in his heart to build a temple for the LORD but that wasn’t God’s plan. Instead, it was to be the work of David’s son, Solomon. In this passage, David is giving words of instruction to Solomon:
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished. 21 The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing person skilled in any craft will help you in all the work. The officials and all the people will obey your every command.”
Things to think about:
  •        David wanted the crowning achievement of his life to be a temple to honor God. That certainly seems like a worthy and admirable ambition but it wasn’t God’s will for him.

o   Have you ever had what seemed like a worthy ambition that didn’t work out like you hoped it would?
o   If so, how did you handle the disappointment in realizing it wasn’t to be?
  •        Solomon was pretty young and inexperienced at this stage of his life. His dad was world famous as a warrior and a king.

o   Have you ever had to emerge from the shadow of someone else? If so, what was that like and what did you learn?
  •        David instructs him to be strong and courageous. Solomon was raised in the house with the women and was used to a pampered lifestyle, not an outdoorsman and warrior like his father.

o   We too need to remember to be strong and courageous. We live in a culture of comfort and convenience so when things go slightly awry, we tend to fret and worry
o   Do you agree or disagree with that?
  •        The source of our strength though isn’t a better attitude or just trying harder. Rather, it is the LORD who is with us.

o   He will not fail you, He will not forsake you
o   Do you sense, do you know His presence?
  •        God has a plan for you, just like He had a plan for Solomon

o   He will be with us until His work for us is completed
o   What do you feel God is calling you to do?
o   If you’re still here, He’s still has more for you to do!
  •        God will provide the resources necessary for the completion of His work

o   The people around you are part of His plan. God has prepared them, just as He has prepared you

o   How can you see God’s hand in those around you?

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