October 3, 2010

I take it back

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 11:00 pm

1 Chronicles 17:1 Now when David lived in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.2 And Nathan said to David, Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.3 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan,4 Go and tell my servant David, Thus says the Lord: It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in.

Nathan the prophet stands as a great example of a friend and advisor to David in this passage.

Firstly, he listened to David’s plans and his heart and gave him approval for what seemed like a good plan.  Nathan knew You and knew that David’s desire to build Your temple was not contrary to Your laws.  It was an act intended to bring glory to You and Nathan was happy to support it and encourage David.

Secondly, he had open ears to hear from You.  When You spoke Your will that it should not be David who built the temple Nathan heard and understood.

Thirdly, he wasn’t afraid to change his counsel to David once he’d heard from You.  He risked looking foolish by having to take back the approval he’d already given but he was bold in delivering Your word, despite it contradicting his own.  He hadn’t made a mistake as such with his initial encouragement to David – he said something that seemed in every way to be right.  When it mattered though he let You have the final say in the matter.

Lord help me to be like Nathan: to give wise counsel, to hear Your voice clearly and to ultimately let Your word take precedence over mine.


1 Comment »

  1. I’m a bit tweaked by your format. I think God well understands the hearts of these two men and doesn’t need any explanation. Many of us do I’m sure.

    Never in any of God’s plans so far as we know were there man’s plans for a house of God.

    Comment by &y &erson — July 24, 2011 @ 4:09 am

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