August 12

1 Chronicles 22-24, Psalm 69

Our Pastor, Lloyd Pulley, tells the story of a woman who spent her entire young life preparing to become a missionary to China. This was what she always dreamed of doing and therefore saved up for the trip, learned the language and did everything else necessary to make it happen. The last thing before leaving was a physical exam, where they detected a heart murmur which at the time disqualified her to enter the mission field. Disappointed and dejected at this she prayed what to do next. She put her energy into getting a good job and supporting others who would serve as missionaries to China instead. She did this her whole life and was responsible for supporting many missionaries. By the end of her life she was living on 10% of her income , and using 90% to support others entering the mission field. This is an example where we have plans, but sometimes God has other plans for us.

In our reading we read about David who desired to build a house for God, but God had other plans. We read in 1 Chr 22:7-8, "And David said to Solomon: "My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house to the name of the Lord my God; but the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 'You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight.' " Realizing that his pursuit in building the Temple was blocked we read that instead of brooding about this, he did the next best thing. He saw to it that everything necessary for the building of it would be ready and able for his son. We read in 1 Chr 22:3-4, 14-16, that he acquired all of the expensive materials in great abundance, along with the skilled workers to complete the job.

Do we find ourselves not where we expected to be. Did we want to be married, or with children, or in a certain job but find ourselves not having achieved any of these. Did we desire to be in a certain position or ministry in the service of God, but find ourselves, like the the woman in the story, unable to fulfill it. There is nothing wrong with desiring certain things. But God's plans supersede our plans. We are to seek God in His Word and in prayer and remain sensitive to His leading. Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 12:5-7, "There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all..". He goes on in v.20, 26: "But now indeed there are many members, yet one body....And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it." Jon Courson said, "Maybe you're wondering why the Lord isn't letting you do what's on your heart in service for Him. As time passes, His plans and purpose will unfold. his reasons will be made known if you, like David, quiet your heart before Him."

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