Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 17:1-15
This is such an important story in the Old Testament. Much of the Old Testament can seem like stories of God’s people doing stuff for God and our relationship with God can feel that way as well. God wants us to do, do, do. Go to church. Read your Bible, serve, evangelize, disciple, go, give, sacrifice. While all of those things are action items God certainly wants and commands us to do, it’s not the point of our relationship with Him. Just like David felt like he needed to build a better house for the Ark to dwell in, God reminds him through the prophet Nathan, I will establish a covenant and forever home with you. This is a promise fulfilled in Christ and everyone who is in Christ reading it right now. His forever throne has been established and steadfast love will endure through those who hear and receive the Gospel and then are adopted into this royal bloodline.
So now we attend church, read our Bible, serve, evangelize, disciple, go, give and sacrifice, not only because it’s what God has commanded us to do but because of what God has already covenanted and done for us in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For better understanding of the David covenant, read this.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor
One thought on “October 30, 2018”
I was reminded in this passage that we don’t get to decide what we want to do for God. Instead, it is God who gets to call those shots.
I’m encouraged by the example of David and Nathan. David sensed what he should do for God. He then reached out to a man of God that he respected for wisdom with how to proceed. Nathan took his role seriously. When he sensed God telling him “not now”, he had courage to go back and tell David what was probably not the most popular opinion. Had David proceeded without God being in it, things would not have turned out well. Everything goes better when you do it God’s way!