This chapter of 2 Samuel records another covenant that God makes with a chosen individual in the Old Testament. (Some of the others were with Noah, Abraham and Moses.) The Lord promises to make a house for David in the sense of a never-ending family dynasty; God’s steadfast love will never leave this family. However, the temple David planned to build for God was nixed by God.
Sometimes in my life I have had projects in mind that I feel should be done. For example, planning a prayer retreat. Feeling the group was behind me, I went ahead planning and organizing on my own, not asking for advice or input from the group. Moreover, I had not even prayed over this event. I imagine you can figure out how this plan ended. The event was cancelled due to lack of registrations. I have not made a similar error since. Now, when I plan for a group, I work collaboratively, after spending time in prayer, asking, “Thy will be done, Lord.” Usually these events work out rather well.
Lord, keep me always mindful that you have a plan, and that your will is done in your own time and way. Amen. — JB