Who’s in Charge Here, Anyway?


S (Scripture): 1 Chronicles 17:1 When David had settled into his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Look, I am living in a palace made from cedar, while the ark of the Lord’s covenant is under a tent.” 2 Nathan said to David, “You should do whatever you have in mind, for God is with you.”

3 That night God told Nathan the prophet, 4 “Go, tell my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord says: “You must not build me a house in which to live….
10b “I declare to you that the Lord will build a dynastic house for you! 11 When the time comes for you to die, I will raise up your descendant, one of your own sons, to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He will build me a house, and I will make his dynasty permanent. 13 I will become his father and he will become my son. I will never withhold my loyal love from him, as I withheld it from the one who ruled before you. 14 I will put him in permanent charge of my house and my kingdom; his dynasty will be permanent.” ‘”15 Nathan told David all these words that were revealed to him.

O (Observation):  This is not the first time we have heard of God establishing David’s house.  We hear of this promise in 2 Samuel as well.

God has been satisfied to live in a tent, wondering with God’s people, up until now. Now that David wishes to establish a home for God, God quickly replies with the fact that God will now establish a dynastic house of David; through his offspring. 

From my commentary: Here the word “house” is used in a metaphorical sense, referring to a royal dynasty. The Lord’s use of the word here plays off the literal sense that David had in mind as he contemplated building a temple (“house”) for the Lord. In the translation the adjective “dynastic” is supplied to indicate that the term is used metaphorically.

As much as David would like to further establish God’s Kingdom…God’s got this under control.  And not only that, but God will now choose to work through a fallible human…and we will see God’s grace provide a way forward.  

A (Application): How do we do this discipleship thing?   How can I move forward?  What can I achieve?  

A lot of times I sense that my job is to keep moving forward.   That I need to take the right steps at the right time.  That I need to “build a house for the Lord.”  

And yet, repeatedly, I am reminded that my efforts are no match compared to what the Lord has in store.

So, the effort is good, but it’s not the answer. Instead, I am to repent, answer the Lord’s call, then move forward, having best discerned that call.  I work with close friends and family to help me determine those calls (small and large).

Should I call this person?  Visit that person?  Read?  Study?  Write?  Create a new ministry at my church to reach college students?  Run home to spend time with family?   The questions and calls are endless!

Thanks be to God for our ability to lean on one another and to discern together wha God has in store for us.    

How do you discern?  With whom do you take time to check in and discern?

P (Prayer):  Lord, heal us from our need to “have it all together” and lead us boldly into the night, taking our hand as we do so.  Amen. 

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