2017 Advent Devo 15

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Read II Samuel 7: 1-11, 16

Have you ever conceived a really good plan to accomplish something that needed to be done?  It may have been a good plan initially, accomplishing the goal while being economically feasible.  Yet, once it was completed, you felt there was something lacking, that there wasn't that sense of accomplishment or pride in the work.

David had plans to build a temple for the Ark of God.  David had accomplished many things--consolidating the monarchy, overcoming his enemies, bringing peace to Israel.  He was enjoying the afterglow of a job well done.  Seeing all that he had, David observed that God was still living in a tent.  He then decided to build a temple for God.  This seemed like a good plan, but God had a different plan for David.  Nathan, God’s prophet, nipped David's plans in the bud.

God planned to build not a physical house but a royal lineage without end.  From David onward, even though David's successors would be unsuccessful, the promise follows his lineage to Jesus, God’s greatest promise and gift to us.

We often come up with good plans, but they may not be God's plans.  God's plans provide us with a never ending hope of a life with Jesus--the manifestation of God's plan for God's people.

Prayer:   Eternal God, thank you for making plans that lead us to Jesus.  Remind us that our plans may not be your plans.  Send someone to be a Nathan to us, so that we may live the full life you intend for your people.  Amen.

- JoAnn Barbour



Last Published: December 12, 2017 1:19 PM
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