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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/26/2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/26/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 7:1-29
WHEN GOD SAYS “NO”, Lesson 5b

v. 4-17 THE DENIAL DAVID EXPERIENCED

When Nathan returned home, during the night, God spoke to him and told him to return to David and tell him that his was not of the Lord. God seems to be saying in (verses 5-7) that David’s dream to build a temple was not from the Lord. It had originated within the heart of David. As I said, the motives were right; but the dream was from man, and not God’s!

But, when God says “No” to David, He does not just shatter David’s dream and leave him with a broken heart. When God says “No”, He tempers His no with some very precious words that are designed to soothe the heart of David. Let’s look in on those words and get some help for our own times when God says “No”.

v. 8-11a It Was Tempered By God’s Provisions – Instead of allowing David to give to Him; God turned everything around and gave to David. He reminds David of His great grace is taking him from leading the sheep. God, in His grace, took a nobody, and made a somebody out of him. Notice (verse 9). God tells David that He has made him a celebrity! Everybody knows who David is! David is reminded that he has been made the partaker of God’s rest, God’s peace, God’s victory and God’s power.

v. 11b-15 It Was Tempered By God’s Promises – David had a desire to build a house for the Lord; but God tells David that He (God) is going to build David a house, (v. 11). In (verses 12-15), the terms of the Davidic Covenant are given. God promises David that he will have a son. This son will walk with the Lord and he will be treated as a son by God. He will be established in his kingdom and he will be chastened when necessary. God tells David that this son will build a house for God! Surely these promises brought peace to the heart of King David.

v. 16-17 It Was Tempered By God’s Plans – God is saying, “David, you want to build me a house, but I am telling you that I am going to build your house. I will establish your throne forever!” What a promise!

David discovered that our dreams that we have for our lives are not always part of God’s plan for our lives. What can we glean from these verses?

Sometimes God says “No” to our dreams and to our plans. When He does, it is not to defeat us or to discourage us. He does it because He has something far better than we could have ever imagined planned for us. David thought he would build a temple and that would be the end of it. He found out that it was not God’s will for him to build a temple. He also found out that God had some things planned for his future that he never could have dreamed up on his own.

Some of you have witnessed the death of your dreams. You have watched as life has altered the plans and dreams of your youth. But, I think if you will take the time to look at all the Lord has done through your life, you will see that He had something far better in mind for you than you could have ever dreamed up on your own. God always has the best plan!

In Scotland a family by the name of Clark had a dream: husband and wife with their nine children wanted to emigrate to the United States. To make that dream a reality, they struggled, scrimped, and saved. Finally they managed to accumulate enough money and obtain all the paperwork they needed to take the trip and begin a new life in a new land. Ship reservations were made and the family was ecstatic. Then, as often happens, tragedy struck. Seven days before they were to leave the youngest of the children, a little boy, was bitten by a dog. The bite wasn’t serious; the doctor stitched the lad up in no time at all. The tragedy was the doctor also had to hang a yellow sign on the Clark’s front door. The yellow signed warned everybody to stay away: there was a possibility, a very small chance, that the boy had contracted rabies from the bite of the unknown dog. Their ship was to sail in one week, the family was quarantined for two. They would have to stay behind as their ship, and their dreams, sailed into the sunset.

The father, outraged at what he felt was the unjust, unfair hand that he had been dealt, went down to the pier to stare as the ship set out. Furious at God, frustrated with his son; he cried and he cursed. He stomped home in a foul mood. He stayed that way, too. Then only a few days after his vessel had left port he got word that on April 15th the very ship which was to have brought them to a new life, had been sunk. The Titanic had gone down. As it disappeared, it had taken with it the lives of over 1,500 passengers. Hearing that news, Mr. Clark’s attitude was instantly transformed. Excitedly, enthusiastically, eagerly, he hugged his son. Plainly, powerfully, and prayerfully, he thanked his God. Their lives had been spared. Their tragedy had been turned into a triumph.

Some folks have watched as your plans for your life have been shattered and broken. You’ve wondered why God would refuse to allow you to see your dreams fulfilled. Maybe you are disappointed with the way your life has turned out. Let me challenge you to look at what the Lord has done for you! Look at the positive side of the coin.

You may not have gotten all you wanted out of life; but hasn’t God given you so much more than you imagined? Has He not saved you by His grace? Has He not used your life to accomplish His will in the world? Some of you have been blessed to raise preachers, teachers and good servants of the Gospel. There is no higher honor! Some of you have been privileged to teach children who are now godly men and women. When God says “No” to your dreams and plans, it is because He has something far better in mind for you. This was David’s discovery. This was the experience of the disciples. They thought their dreams were shattered when Jesus died on the cross. They soon found out that God had something far better in store. It was Paul’s as well, (2 Cor. 12:7-10). Many others have had this same experience: the 3 Hebrews; Daniel; Elijah; the widow; Namaan, the leper; etc. It will be your experience and mine as well. The Lord always has the best plan!

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 Corinthians 7:20 (New King James Version (NKJV)

20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“You Are My All In All” By: Dennis L. Jernigan (1990)

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I'd be a fool
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

Oh my
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father in Heaven, God who lives in us and through us! Show us the perfect balance between our physical needs and our spiritual needs. Enable us to keep our eyes and hearts and mind and soul on Jesus, our Redeemer, Savior, Lord, King and Friend. Open our eyes, cleanse our hearts, fill our minds with Your Word and Spirit, comfort and deliver our souls from the depths of hell and a life of destruction. Show us how to walk in Your way, the straight and narrow, and to do Your glorious will, to Your praise and honor. Help us to make this connection with You forever and ever. Joyfully we pray and ask these things in Jesus’ Precious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/26/2013 11:19PM

    Thank you for the great lesson, hymn and prayer. Just like the Clark family that was prevented from boarding the Titanic, I have had a few times that I was delayed from leaving to go somewhere, only finding out that just minutes earlier, I would have been in an accident. God has everything planned for our lives and I am so grateful that I never am angry for being late in arriving if this happens. Thank you for the goodie and note. Thank you for your great teaching Vic.

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WANTSZU 5/26/2013 6:37PM

    Wonderful blog today. God's blessings to you.

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MNABOY 5/26/2013 6:17PM

    Thanks for sharing

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    God Bless You!
What a great blog!
Thanks for sharing Our God's Word!
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CANDOIT54 5/26/2013 10:58AM

    Thank you so much.

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    What can we say. God's plans are far above us. emoticon

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SANDRALEET 5/26/2013 8:02AM

    What we want and God wants is not all ways the same

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NELLIEH1 5/26/2013 7:03AM

    Every one of us can see GOD's hand at work in our lives right now when we take the time with Him each day and ask. His desire is that we not set off on our own dreams/ways/plans, but instead wait at His feet, like Mary of Bethany, to hear His words to us from His scriptures, bu his Holy Spirit. GOD is totally faithful in and through every life experiene god or bad. He Is the great I AM!!

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JSTETSER 5/26/2013 6:29AM

    Thanks for the post.
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