I Chronicles 28:2-3 ” King David rose to his feet and said: ‘Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. But God said to me, You are not to build a house for My Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’ “

In all honesty, King David’s desire to build a permanent structure for the Ark of the Covenant probably came out of guilt. There he was firmly established in his kingdom, living in a lovely palace while the Ark was still residing in a tent. So with enthusiasm and passion he started to make preparations on his grand plan. But then God stepped in, scrapped David’s plan, and instead gave him a very limited role of just gathering building supplies. During my Christian journey this has happened to me many times. I get these wonderful ideas, (or at least they sound wonderful to me), of things I can do for the Lord, only to have Him shut them down soundly. It’s at that moment I have two choices to make…I can sulk or I can accept. I can pout or I can move on acknowledging God knows best.

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