Daily reading 2 Samuel 7:1-17
Sunday October 23, 2016

Focus passage: the king said to the prophet Nathan, “Look, I’m living in a cedar palace, but God’s chest is housed in a tent!”  Nathan said to the king, “Go ahead and do whatever you are thinking, because the LORD is with you.” 2 Samuel 7:2-3

I think today’s passage might be one of the most challenging passages of scripture, because we have probably all been where David has been.  We have had this great idea or inspiration behind a ministry that we see a need for, but our motivation is off balance.   David decides that God needs a permanent dwelling place and speaks to his pastor, Nathan, about it and before Nathan can pray about it, before David can pray about it, they both agree that it is a wonderful idea. 
Do you see where they were misguided?
What didn’t they do?
They didn’t pray about it.

I can only imagine that Nathan didn’t even think twice about it.  His days were probably filled with requests to pray for situations in people’s lives.  He was asked to pray for things that are out of our control and so he prayed, like we pray for God’s presence to be known in the uncertainty of illness, or job security, or loss.  Or we may even pray for a certain outcome, hedging our bets.  We pray for understanding and for wisdom.  Nathan probably rarely had someone say to him, “hey, I think I want to do something for God, do you think that’s a good idea?”  And so without thinking, or even letting David finish his sentence,  his response is “go ahead and do whatever you are thinking, because the LORD is with you.”

Prayer: God, help me to put you first in my thoughts and in my actions.  May I be an instrument for you today.  Amen.


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