David rose to his feet and said: “My brothers and my people! It was my desire to build a Temple where the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, God’s footstool, could rest permanently. I made the necessary preparations for building it, 3 but God said to me, ‘You must not build a Temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.” (1 Chronicles 28:2-3) NLT
Have you ever wanted something so bad you could just taste it? Have you ever thought that you so clearly heard the voice of God and then it just doesn’t turn out like you thought it would? Have you ever worked so hard on something just to have the rug pulled on from beneath you? That’s exactly where we find David. His hopes of building the temple were interrupted by God. His well thought out plans, all his preparations, done for.
Has this ever happened to you? I know it has for me. My husband and I were in senior pastoral ministry for 10 years. There were so many times that we knew God had told us to plan, or start, or prepare a certain way and then God interrupted those plans. It’s in those moments you can get bitter and complain, or we can continue on.
In this passage we see King David admit that it was his desire to do build the temple, but God said, “no, it’s not for you to do”. What we don’t see is him moaning and complaining or asking God, “why can’t I do this for you?” Whining about how all his hard work now meaning nothing.
What does David do? He turns all his plans and preparation over the Solomon. He trusted in the part God had him play and then turned it over to the next in line. David could have plowed forward with his plan and built the temple anyway but he recognized that God wanted it done a different way and wanted to use someone else.
Sometimes in our life this can be a hard pill to swallow! Our first reaction is to hang on with all our might, God that was my hard work, now someone else gets the glory or recognition. Or sometimes, we just hang our head and think we must have missed God. Verse 19 of this chapter says “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.” Just because David couldn’t build the temple didn’t mean he didn’t hear from God. Just because you can’t see things come to fruition doesn’t mean you missed God either.
We need to recognize that we all play a part in God’s grand design and must hold everything with an open hand, ready to release it to the next in line when God asks us to. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the unfulfilled dreams, but God has a better way, we just have to be ok with his plan, not ours.
How do you act when God interrupts your plan? Are you willing to give all your hard work over to the next in line or are you like me and struggle with not seeing it to fruition? Are you questioning if you missed God just because he’s told you that it’s now someone else’s job?
Father, I pray that you would help us to live life with open hands and open hearts, realizing that we all just play a small part in your grand design. Help us to know when it’s time to let go and help the next in line to fulfill your plan for their lives. Help us to have an empowering mindset not a competitive one. Oh God, thank you for helping us in our weak spots and not giving up on us. Amen!