Would You Build a House for Me?
When David had finally become the ruler over all Israel, he wanted to build a house for the Lord. But the Lord answered, “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?” (2 Sam 7:5)
Sometimes we too think that we want to do this or that for the Lord. But in reality, we can’t do anything for God. Instead, it is the Lord who allows us do things for Him.
Although David’s intention was good, he might have forgotten for a moment that he was nothing before God. Although he had become a king, for whom building a temple seemed an easy thing to do, the Lord reminded David through Nathan that He was the source of all his success and abilities.
Therefore, when Nathan told David the words of God, he immediately remembered his own insignificance (2 Sam 7:18) and prayed and gave thanks to God.
Today, we may be serving God zealously. Driven by our zeal for the Lord, we want to accomplish much for God. But while we do so, let us stop for a while and think about whether our service is really according to God’s will.
Do we still remember that we are able to serve the Lord because of His grace? Are we relying on the Lord in all that we do? Do we consult God and wait for His instruction?
Moreover, let us always remember to come before the Lord, to quietly sit down to talk to Him, recall His blessings and great love, and ask for His mercy and guidance so that we may serve Him according to His will and be established in God’s house forever.