Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalms 1-2
Key Verses: 1 Chronicles 17:2-15; Psalm 1:1-2
When you are a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, you will dwell in the Word of God. When you follow Him, abandoning all else for Him, you will be close to Him. When you choose this lifestyle, despite failures due to human nature, your heart’s desires will start to match those of the Father’s. For since He has changed your heart with your re-birth into His kingdom you no longer desire the things of the flesh but you desire those of God. Understand that you will be blessed by no longer walking with the sinners, wicked, and scoffers and by meditating on His Word day and night (yes, twice a day, oh no!). By this realization, when making decisions in your life, “do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.” (1 Chronicles 17:2) He is with those who follow after Him. When you are in personal relationship with God as Christ has become Lord of your life, you can be confident in your decisions and ambitions as they will (most likely) be of God. This will always hold true for His devoted followers until He intervenes. This is where constant, daily prayer is not recommended, but essential for a Christian. For while David was a man after God’s own heart, His ambition to build a house for the Lord to dwell in would be relevant and seemingly even more glorious for the Lord GOD. Good thing right? However, God had something else in mind. God’s will is always perfect and He is sovereign over everything. With this in mind, making decisions based on your own heart, while it may be in line with God’s is not enough. Diligent prayer is necessary in making decisions for ambitions in your family, life, and church. God may just have something much bigger in mind for you if you simply demonstrate patience and trust. Remember that the day you gave your life to follow Christ, you chose to do just that (give Him your life). He is now sovereign over every aspect of your life and He must, not should, must be consulted through prayer and meditation before deciding, acting on, or pursuing anything. He may just have something bigger, something better that would bring even more glory to His name.
Remember, there are two steps in making decisions and forming pursuits and ambitions in this life. One is dedicating your life to becoming like Christ and in doing so allowing God by His Holy Spirit to change and mold your desires to match those of the Father. The other is dedicating each day to diligent and frequent prayer, consulting the Father to intercede in every aspect of your life so that your decisions, goals, and ambitions would be formed in line perfectly with His timing and will. Even though you may want to build the house for the Lord and even though it may even be a desire of His as well, you must consider Him in prayer and allow Him to speak so that, in His perfect timing, His will for this desire will be done (the house of the Lord will be built at a later time). Seek His personal will He has for you in carrying out His mission patiently and diligently through frequent and constant meditation and prayer. Follow Him daily and He will only lead you to more and more glory which you will willingly and graciously send right back to His name! And always remember in every circumstance, every decision, and every ambition that you set your heart toward, take refuge in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, for you will be blessed (Psalm 2:12)!