Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 90, 2 Samuel 7:18-29, and Revelation 22:12-16
King David wanted to build a house for God. He begged God to let him build it, but God told him that because he was a man of war, his hands were too bloody. God told him his son would be the one to build it.
Instead of rejecting God and doing it his own way (how often do we do that?), David prepared things for his son. Even though he knew he would never see it come to fruition, David made sure that Solomon would have the things he needed to complete the task.
We can learn from this. Sometimes God tells us no about things. Instead of reacting with bitterness or anger, perhaps we should find ways to be obedient to God. David could have chosen to become embittered and angry, but instead he chose to honor God's command. Yet he also was fruitful in his labors, setting up as much as he could for his son.
Take some time to ask God to help you put aside negative feelings over things and instead focus on being obedient. God has a better plan than we can imagine. We have only to trust him.