By rolandbray, May 1 2018 01:51PM
In 1 Chronicles 28 we read about the building of the temple. David had it in his heart to build a resting place for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of God and made preparations to build it. David was sure he would build it, however God had other plans.
How many times do we make plans before asking God what He wants? We often run headlong into something and regret the outcome. We should seek the will of God for our decisions and our plans rather than making bad decisions and asking God to work it out.
I struggle with this sometimes, not as often as I used to, thankfully! At times I am figuratively running ahead and looking back -- asking God to “catch-up”. Then I am reminded I should be looking forward, because He is already in the future, making plans. I need to catch-up to Him, it’s not the other way around. He knows my need and I need to be reminded to serve Him with a loyal heart and willing mind, as David instructed Solomon in1 Chronicles 28:9
9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.
Further in the same chapter, I am encouraged by the reassurance David gives Solomon:
20 And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
That’s a promise we all take comfort in.