This week I’ve really been praying for God to reveal His plans to me for certain areas of my life. I know I have been living obedient to Him and walking in the things He’s called me to. While I don’t know every step of where He’s taking me, I’ve felt fairly certain of the outcome. Recently though, God has been moving us in ways I wasn’t expecting. Don’t you hate that? When you’re feeling so good about where you are and happy about the things you’re certain you’ll accomplish for Christ and then He shakes it all up? I shouldn’t be surprised. Life with Christ has always been an adventure for me, with Him taking me through life in ways I never expected to go. But still, when it happens, I get a little anxious and want to question the change in direction.
As I was praying about this today, God brought me to 1 Chronicles 28. It’s a surprising twist in the story of King David (although I feel like there are many unexpected turns to his story!). If you’ll remember, David was a shepherd boy who was good at music when his story started taking unexpected God-sized turns. After some seriously crazy circumstances, David became King. As King, he made plans to build a temple that would house the ark of the covenant. Surely carrying out this plan was something God had put into place when He chose to make David king those many years prior. Here’s what we read in 1 Chron. 28:
“King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelites, my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’”
Ok, let’s pause here for a second. Do you think that when God told him this, he was at least a little bit surprised? I would have been! He had been making detailed plans and plotting out this temple for a long time. In fact verse 12 of this passage tells us that the holy spirit had put in his mind detailed plans for the courts, the temple, the buildings, the store rooms, the upper and inner rooms and the treasuries. He also gave him instructions for the various servants in the temple and what each of their roles should entail. Furthermore He even designated the weight of gold & silver for all the things that were to be used in service for the temple. If it were me, I would certainly be thinking “why in the world would God give me these extremely specific instructions if He didn’t intend for me to carry them out?” I’m certain I would have questioned it and maybe have even been a little upset with God. But isn’t that the enemy’s way? He wants us to question the things we hear from God; he’s been doing it since the day he asked Eve “did God really say?” I don’t know about you, but I am guilty of allowing this question to penetrate my thoughts.
So, if it wasn’t King David’s role to build out this detailed temple, what was he supposed to do? Let’s pick up in verse 4:
“Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel. Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’”
I have no way of knowing whether or not King David questioned God’s decision, wrestled with rather or not to obey, or even if he felt disappointment. But I love that he took this moment in the passage to acknowledge the incredible thing God had done – made him King of Israel. That in and of itself was an incredible miracle and a powerful calling regardless of the current command that he was not to carry out the plans he had so carefully laid in place at God’s instruction.
What if he had not listened to God and decided he had put in too much work at this point to give the project to someone else? It was a holy spirit inspired project after all, certainly God would have been pleased even if he did choose to build it? Thankfully we don’t know what would have happened if he had been disobedient to this unexpected change of plans by God. But we do know what happened because he obeyed. In 1 Chron. 29:27 we read that David ruled over Israel for 80 years having enjoyed a long life, wealth and honor. And in 1 Chon. 29:25 we read “The Lord highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendor such as no king over Israel ever had before.”
It certainly is tough when God chooses to throw plot-twists into our lives, and especially surprising when we’re currently walking in obedience to him. But throughout His word and in my own life up to this point, I have seen and experienced the faithfulness and overwhelming blessings that come with listening, trusting, and obeying every direction of the Lord, even when it seems like He must have something wrong. I am reminded in these passages of scripture that God saw and sees a future so far beyond us that we should never hesitate to trust that He is unfolding a path that will not only bless us, but will effect generations to come.
1 Chron. 28:8 “So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.”
Hi! I'm Dezerai, a woman passionate about living in my purpose, about creating a life on purpose and about challenging you to do the same. I speak, I write, and I hang out with my husky and my handsome husband in the beautiful Napa Valley.