Good Intentions and the Will of God — 2 Samuel 7:1-17
King David had good intentions to honor God when he wanted to build the LORD a house of cedar to replace the tent that God had used from the time of the Exodus. The Prophet Nathan knew that King David had good intentions whenever he wanted to serve the LORD. Therefore, the prophet told David to go ahead and do it.
The prophet and the king were soon to learn that despite David’s good intentions he was not to build the LORD a house of cedar: that would become the task of David’s son, King Solomon.
We can learn some lessons from their experience:
1. When we want to honor God, as important as our good intentions are, that does not mean we should do whatever we want to do to honor God.
2. When considering how we can best honor God, it can be helpful to seek the advice of those we know who are godly people.
3. Even good and true prophets can be wrong. They may give good advice, but their word of advice should not be the last word we consider when making decisions.
4. With good intentions, we need to pray and seek God’s plans for us. As we prayerfully seek to follow the Bible in serving God, the Holy Spirit will direct our thoughts and desires so we will do what God wants us to do to honor Him. Sometimes good and godly prayerful people can help us discover God's plans so we can best honor Him.
5. God will give us something to do, or some things to pray about, and people to pray for, so we can always honor God and help others honor God too through our prayers.
6. David humbly obeyed the words of God through the prophet, and he did all he could to collect materials and prepare his son to build the temple. With good intentions, we can joyfully help others when God wants someone else to do what we would like to have done.
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