Reflection on 2 Samuel 7:1-17

“Your house and your kingdom will endure for ever before me; your throne will be established for ever.”

David becomes concerned to build a Temple for the Lord. David is living in luxury, but the Ark of God remains in a tent.

At first Nathan the prophet tells David to go ahead, but the word of the Lord comes to Nathan and says the Lord doesn’t need a house built by David. In fact the Lord will build David a house- a dynasty that will rule the kingdom for ever.

David wanted to build the Lord a Temple, but the Lord said He didn’t need anything that David could give Him. The Lord is the provider for David, not the other way around. The Temple would be built, but this was not David’s task.

God doesn’t make demands on us as if He is dependent on the things we can give Him or do for Him. His Lordship is one of invitation and grace. He lets us participate in His work and provides us with all that we need to serve Him, and more beside.

The secret to the christian life is learning to hear His invitation and to respond without fear or hesitation. It is then that we see the miracles unfold.

Father, give me a sensitive ear and a willing heart to participate in your works of grace. Amen.


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