Outlook – March
Outlook – March 2008
What do you want to do for God? Think about this statement, after all He’s done for you, what do you want to do for Him? Now stop and consider this, what if what you want to do for God isn’t what He wants you to do for Him?
King David badly desired to build a temple for God, however God didn’t want David to do so. God had derived that task Solomon. So not only did God tell David he couldn’t oversee building the temple, but He gave the task to David’s son. How did David handle this?
Psalms 37:4 – “Find your delight in the Lord. Then he will give you everything your heart really wants.” Or more commonly stated in the NKJV,” Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
This was a prayer of David’s. A prayer that is often very misunderstood. David was not claiming that God would give him what he wanted, he was stating that when he focused on God’s wants, his own personal wants would be altered. God is no respecter of persons. “For His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8).” David was close to the Lord his God, he understood that not everything God does will always please us. Sometimes we want to do something, and it may not be what God has planned for our lives, even though it may be glorifying unto the Lord.
Many great preachers have lived, not all of them were called to preach, many great missionaries have gone, not all of them have been called to travel, many people have done their best to serve the Lord by following their hearts desires. Yet while they have succeeded, they have truly failed. God will not refuse their entrance to Heaven, however they did not walk that path God had destined for them. God may still bless them, but they may have not reached who God intended for them to reach. So many people do what they feel God wants them to do, but they forget to ask God if it is what He wants them to do. Many people get so caught up in their desires that they work for God without Him. And what He desires the most is a personal relationship; He cares about your work for Him, but more so He wants you.
David’s response was truly impressive; He drew out all the plans for the temple, but he wasn’t allowed to build it, his son built it shortly after his death. Yet he was ok with that, his desires were mainly to do what God wanted. He was willing to submit his wants to please God. David believed that God had the most important things in mind; even when they omitted David…
Psalms 38:9 – “Lord, everything I really want is clearly known to you. You always hear me when I sigh.” David accepted that God’s plans wouldn’t always please him. God is good and His ways are flawless, David accepted this and was willing to live the life he was suppose to. God had called David to be a warrior, not a temple builder, and because David obeyed, God used him greatly.
So, what do you want to do for God? What are the desires of your heart? Have you taken the time to ask God what He wants? His responses may shock you, He may want you to be a mighty warrior, not a builder. Seek out God’s will, for if God is for you, who can be against you.