When Our Efforts to Serve God Don’t Pan Out

Read it!: II Samuel 7

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and he said:

Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family,

that you have brought me this far?

(vs 18)

Think it through:

David had a great idea. He wanted to build a beautiful, permanent temple for the Ark of the Covenant, which had been housed in a series of temporary dwellings. This idea seemed so right, so true, that he couldn’t wait to get started! But then Nathan, a prophet of God, told David that God said the job needed to wait. Building the temple wasn’t work for David, but for one of his sons.

David’s response is one of the reasons I love him so much. He doesn’t go to God asking for the chance to build the temple anyway, or explaining why it’s such a great idea that it should really be done now. Instead, David goes humbly before the Lord and says, “Who am I that you have blessed me so much?”

What “great ideas” have I had a hard time surrendering?   Sometime I try so hard to bless people and I’m frustrated when my efforts fizzle. Ideas for prayer groups that aren’t attended. Ideas for serving others in ways that they may not want to be served.

Perhaps those attempts to serve God failed because the ideas were my purely own and my efforts, though prayerfully dedicated, weren’t really blessed or sanctioned by God.

 

Live it like you mean it:

Do you have any great ideas that you’re having a hard time surrendering? Things that just aren’t working out, or things that you’ve lost your steam on? Take a moment to read the “Goal Setting: Now or Later” article on my website with your mind centered on your idea and your heart open to God’s whisper.

I have several ventures going that the Lord is blessing in His way and time. And now my new ventures… this blog, my second book… are those sanctioned by God? Will they succeed or fail? I don’t know for sure. All I know is that I’ll continue to be His servant, and that even if they fail by my standards, I’ll continue to say, “Who am I that You have blessed me so much?”

 

Lift it up:

Lord, I want to do work for You that is deeply meaningful and blessed by Your hand. Please clearly show me which jobs are for me, and which aren’t. I surrender all of my ideas and ventures into Your care, no matter what the outcome. Who am I, Lord, that You have blessed me with so much already? Thank You. Amen.

 

Tell Me About It:

What great ideas are you surrendering to God today?

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