John 4:43-54; 1 Chronicles 17; Zechariah 6
It would be nice if it were easy to know what God wanted us to do. So often we pray and seek God’s will wondering if we should go one way or another; do one thing or another. We seek counsel from friends, relatives, and other godly people. Then, we finally believe that we know what God wants – and the opportunity falls through. Our faith is shaken and we wonder what else we can do to understand what God wants. Don’t feel all alone. David was described by God as a man after His own heart. David loved God and as he realized that he lived in a magnificent house and the ark of God was in a tent he wanted to rectify that disparity and build a magnificent Temple to honor God. David had all the resources to build the Temple. Still, he sought godly advice and asked Nathan. Nathan responded without even thinking – knowing that this was a good thing. “Then Nathan said to David, ‘Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.’” (1 Chronicles 17:2) David went to sleep knowing that the next day he would begin building the Temple. Only God spoke to Nathan that night and stopped that effort. God had other plans. If David and Nathan had such trouble discerning the will of God, why should we be any different? There’s no cut and dried formula. David desired to do something good. David desired to do something that would honor God. Still, that privilege was denied him by God. Finding God’s will is often a process of deep prayer, gaining counsel from others and still going through a series of steps that seem to be nothing but trial and error. Perhaps, though, even going through those steps is a part of the will of God. Too often we have this idea that God’s will is a final outcome. Perhaps we need to recognize God’s will as seeking His presence each step of the way along the journey of life. Perhaps we need to see God’s will not so much as an outcome of some work, but as His presence with us in a building relationship as we live each day. When we are walking with God each step of our lives, we can be obedient in following His direction. If you want to do what God wants you to do, it begins by being who God wants you to be. If you want to be who God wants you to be, it means spending time with Him in a restored relationship.
Lord, I want to do great things for You. Yet You want me to focus on spending time with You. Remind me that doing Your will begins with walking with You each day in celebration of our restored relationship. Remind me that great things are done, when we focus on building a great relationship with You first.