He had wanted to do so much more. It was his heart’s desire to build a temple fit for his God, but the Lord’s answer was “No” (2 Samuel 7). But David didn’t pout following God’s answer as I may have. Instead, we read this about David’s next moves:
So to the best of my ability I’ve made provision for the house of my God: gold for the gold articles, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron, and wood for the wood, as well as onyx, stones for mounting, antimony, stones of various colors, all kinds of precious stones, and a great quantity of marble. (1 Chronicles 29:2, HCSB)
Isn’t that beautiful?! David didn’t get to do what he wanted, but he did all he could! Using every resource at his command, David drew up the blueprints and gathered the materials even though he wouldn’t be involved in the building process itself. He was setting someone else up for success long after he’d be gone. David would not see the glorious temple; he would receive no accolades for his part. Yet he gave his absolute best anyway!
How would you complete this sentence regarding your own service to the Lord, “To the best of my ability, I’m…” What are you throwing yourself into completely? Are you serving the God who created you with the best of your ability? If not, why not start today?
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