Yes I Will
Day: 38 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel
Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 7
2 Samuel 7:11b-13 (NIV) “The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
As we grow in our relationship with the Lord a natural progression should happen where we want to please God more and do things that honor Him. We can come up with all sorts of great ideas and programs to serve God and point others to Him. In today’s reading, we discover David had those same ideas.
David had come up with a really good plan. A plan that would honor and glorify God. A plan that included building a magnificent house, in the city of Jerusalem where the ark of the covenant would rest.
But God declined David’s offer, because He had a much better plan. God’s plan would still include building a house, but He would be the builder (not David) and this house would not be constructed of earthly materials like cedar and stone.
Instead, God would build David a house that would last forever. This “house” would be a royal dynasty that would eventually give birth to a royal offspring — the Messiah Jesus Christ who would reign forever and rule from the heavenly throne room of God.
Although God said I won’t in allowing David to build the house he wanted, God said “I will” to David in much greater ways:
“I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth” (2 Samuel 7:9b).
“I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed” (2 Samuel 7:10a).
“I will also give you rest from all your enemies” (2 Samuel 7:11b).
“I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom” (2 Samuel 7:12b).
“I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever” (2 Samuel 7:13b).
“I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. But my love will never be taken away from him” (2 Samuel 7:14-15a).
“Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; Your throne will be established forever” (2 Samuel 7:16).
Look at all the ways God said I will to David’s life and legacy! God loved David and extended extravagant grace to him. God created David in His own image and had an amazing future in store for him and his offspring. God chose to say I won’t to David’s initial plan, but He said, I will to immeasurably more than David could ever ask, dream or imagine.
Maybe you too have a good plan tucked deep within your heart. You dream about it, pray about it and imagine it coming to fruition. It’s a plan you believe will honor and glorify God. But maybe for one reason or another your plan still hasn’t materialized like you thought it would.
Could it be that God is holding back from saying I will to the exact way you’ve pictured your plans coming to fruition because He has even greater I will plans in store for you?
God loves you. He pours out extravagant grace to you every single day. God created you in His own image. You are His beloved child and He has incredible plans in store for your future. God wants the very best for you and His vision for your life will always be immeasurably more than you could ever ask, dream or imagine.
Will you trust Him? Will you continue to seek after Him and love Him despite how things may appear in your life right now? Are you willing to believe wholeheartedly in His promises and exercise your faith as you wait on the fulfillment of His best for you?
Prayer: Lord, today I declare that I will surrender my plans for Your plans and trust that You will fulfill them in Your own perfect timing. Strengthen my faith, Lord, and renew my resolve to trust You even more. Help me to keep my eyes on You and lean into Your peaceful presence when life doesn’t go the way I’d planned. I lay it all down for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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