'God is pleased when He sees the desires in our heart, but He may say 'This is not My will for you.' "
This phrase in my Bible study devotional was so well-timed it was as if God arranged to have it there just for me.
In the 2nd Samuel study I was following, David was experiencing the same frustration as me in chapter 7:1-17. He wanted to build a glorious Temple to worship God in, utilizing all the resources and power God had given to him as king.
And God said, simply, No.
(I always knew I was kindred spirits with King David;)
It just didn't make sense. Here I was, wanting to 'give back' to God of all the good things He had given me, wanting to serve and glorify Him in a big, splendid way.
Why not? ....why no?
Yes, God is happy when our hearts sincerely desire to serve Him, glorify Him. We don't have to think, though that this automatically means He HAS to grant us our desire in order for us to actually serve and glorify Him.
After all, that's our definition of serving and glorifying God. Not His.
Perhaps, He wants me to grow in another, not so glamorous, not so easy way. Ways that are all round me, but which I don't see--or don't want to see.
Or perhaps He just wants me to learn the harder, quieter lesson of being still.
a small voice
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