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A Good Intention

For Your word’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all these great things, to make Your servant know them.

2 Samuel 7:21 (NKJV)

After all the victories and all that God had done in his life, David told Nathan of his intention to build a temple for the ark of God. The ark represented the presence of God in the midst of Israel. This is why David found it important to show his gratitude to God by building Him a temple worthy of His name. Nathan supported his plan without consulting God's will.

As you read the entire chapter, you will realize that David's intention was not part of God's plan. Speaking to Nathan, God made him say to David: “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?” This does not mean that David's intention to build a temple for God was bad, on the contrary it was very good, except that man cannot decide what is good for God.

What you need to understand from this story is that no matter how much you intend to do something for the glory of God, you should always check with Him to see if He approves of it. The Bible gives us many examples of people who want to do things for God, but in the end, it is His will that always prevails. If you feel ready to commit to a ministry, before you join it, first seek the will of God. Your intention may be good, but what God wants should be much more about you.

May the grace and peace of God be with you all.

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