Right Motive, Wrong Move

Posted on: 7-15-112012

I am doing a Beth Moore Bible study on the life of David. This is taken in part from one of the lessons in the study.

Have you ever had a great idea for something that you want to do that you are just positive God will want you to do only to discover that He doesn’t?  We’ve probably all been here at one time or another and we can be crushed if His response is “No” or “Not now” or “Not you”.  We may wonder why in the world God would not want us to do something that we feel is so clearly a good idea.  If you’ve ever experienced this, you’re in good company.  King David, the man after God’s own heart, once had an idea that he thought was great. He looked around his palace and was humbled that he lived in such luxury while the ark of God dwelled inside tent curtains.  He decided that he wanted to build a more suitable dwelling place for the God of all creation.  He sent for the prophet Nathan and shared his desire.  Nathan told David to go ahead with his plan and do all that was in his heart.  Now, on the surface, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with David’s desire.  He clearly recognizes his place in comparison to God’s…he knew that God was more worthy of a luxurious home than he was.  He had a humble spirit…He wanted God to have better than he had.  He wanted to do something for his God out of love and devotion to Him.  So far, so good, right?  Wrong!  David forgot one very important detail…he forgot to ask God about his plan.  He sent for Nathan instead.  Nathan made the same mistake David did…he told David to go ahead with his plan without consulting God.  David and Nathan both wanted to do something that seemed so good to them, but did not line up with the will of God.  We, too, can do the very same thing.  We can have the best idea in the world and even have others support us and tell us to go ahead with it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that God agrees.  We have to  learn that good ideas are not always the same as God’s ideas.  We can have the right motives, but make the wrong move if we don’t consult the Lord.  Fortunately for David, God stopped him in his tracks and did not allow him to move forward with a plan that was out of His will.  God had a different plan and He shared it with David.  In the end, David learned, as we all do,that God’s plans are always better than anything we could come up with.

“Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build a house for Me to dwell in? For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle.” 2 Samuel 7:5-6


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