THE VOICE OF HOPE

It's All Good Here ~ We create Hope with Words to bring out the "BLESSED" in you!

Perspective with a Purpose

on May 21, 2014

The king summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look, David said, “I am living in a beautiful palace, but the Ark of God is out there in a tent!” Nathan replied to the king, “Go ahead and do whatever you have in mind for the Lord is with you.” 2 Samuel 7:2 NLT

 

            If you are like me, you have likely had strong opinions about certain situations that you would consider unfair. Think about the time you failed that test, didn’t get approved for that loan, or had something taken from you.

David felt that unfairness at the moment in which he compared his living situation to the Ark of God. He thought that he was unworthy of living in a palace while the Ark of God was housed in a tent. However, God has a much more righteous perspective than we do. His perspective has a purpose.

God gave Nathan a message for David in verses 6-7, “I have never lived in a house from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until this very day. I have always moved from one place to another with a tent and a Tabernacle as my dwelling. Yet no matter where I have gone with the Israelites, I have never once complained to Israel’s tribal leaders, the shepherds of my people Israel. I have never asked them, why haven’t you built me a beautiful cedar house?”

God appeared to Nathan in a vision to explain the plans he had for David. God instructed Nathan to repeat everything he said to David. God told Nathan to tell David that He had taken him from tending sheep in the pasture and selected him to be the leader of God’s people. In much the same manner, God is grooming us to take our place in this world. Some of us are in training to be leaders, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and a multitude of other professions. God has done this for a purpose.

It was thoughtful of David to consider an elaborate home for the Ark of God. Even though he had Nathan’s blessing, it did not mean that David had the blessing of the Lord. It is clear from how God responded to David that God does not want us to focus on His needs. There is nothing that we can do for Him personally. We are to focus on the work He has for us to do. It is our job to keep a righteous perspective on our work.

We are not to focus on the problems but the purpose behind the problem. Even though it may seem unfair to us, God has a reason for it. God reminds us in Proverbs 16:4, that he “has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.”

Instead of being disappointed with the Lord’s response, David was thankful! David praised and thanked the Lord for the blessing, the favor, and the dynasty that God promised him. Today, we should thank God in advance for the purpose in spite of the problems. In doing so, we will develop a perspective with a purpose.

 

 

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