May 7, 2017. II Samuel 7, I Chronicles 17
In Order. Don’t Get Comfortable
You are not seeing double. Yes, you did turn the page. These two chapters almost mirror each other. But ask yourself why? Why are they so similar? What is so important that it had to be repeated twice?
Let us start with David’s willingness.
2 Samuel 7:1 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
David has a chance to breath, relax, and kick up his feet and get comfortable, but he wanted to do more for God. He wanted to show his love and appreciation for a God who loved him. He did not want to be comfortable. Sometimes we as Christians get to a point where we are comfortable with where God has us and we stop looking to see what it is we need to be doing. David recognizes this in himself and sets out to do something about it.
What is God’s response?
1 Chronicles 17:4 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in.
God recognizes his willingness to serve him, but it is not the plan God has for David. Instead God rewards his willing servant with an incredible promise.
1 Chronicles 17: 10b “‘I declare to you that the Lord will build a house for you: 11 When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. 14 I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.’”
Wow. Did you catch that? Read it again. Because David was willing to build a house for God, he instead is promised a house built by the Lord himself. Not only that, but do you see who God is speaking of? His son? God is speaking about Christ himself, coming and establishing his throne here on earth. Wow. See now why maybe this was repeated twice for us?
This is not our forever home. We are pilgrims passing through. Do not get comfortable with where you are, there is always work that can be done. Take the step, be willing, take the initiative, and let God steer you in the direction He needs you to go. He will reward a willing a heart.