Good Intentions Don’t Mean God’s Will

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VERSE:
Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel. However, the Lord said to my father David, “Since it was your desire to build a temple for My name, you have done well to have this desire. Yet, you are not the one to build the temple, but your son, your own offspring, will build the temple for My name.”
— 2 Chronicles 6:7-8

THOUGHT:
David sought out a noble cause – he was going to build the temple of God. The least that we can glean from this text is that it’s possible to have a good idea with good intentions outside of God’s will. God commended David’s motives, and affirmed that building a temple for His name was a good thing, but it wasn’t for David to do. David submitted to God’s will, and instead of building the temple himself he did everything possible to prepare his son Solomon to build it. The fact that David was so willing to allow his dream to be fulfilled in another person’s life is evidence that his motives were pure from the beginning. Are you willing to allow your dreams to be fulfilled in another person’s life?

APPLICATION:
1) Even if you have a good idea and you feel like your motives are pure, don’t step out without hearing from God.
2) If God tells you that it’s not for you to do, obey God and raise someone up in preparation to fulfill God’s will in their life.

PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, help me hear from you in regards to the plans that I have. There are so many things that I want to do for you, but I need to hear from you if you want me to do them. I pray that if it’s not for me to do, you would soften my heart to accept that fact and help me raise someone else up to do it instead. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!

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