Seize the Moment – Day 784

Trust God for His Better Yes!

2 Samuel 7


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, May 10.


Have you ever had a knee-jerk response to a person’s request and then later realized it was the wrong response? Were you able to go back to the person and rectify the situation?


In 2 Samuel 7:3, Nathan the prophet gives a knee-jerk response to David’s request to build God a temple: “Go, do all that is in your mind, for the Lord is with you.” And why not?!? David was now the king of a unified Israel, anointed by the great prophet Samuel, victorious over his enemies, and the one who brought the ark of God to the newly conquered city of Jerusalem. Why would God not want David to do this for Him?


But Nathan was wrong! God’s plans were bigger than anything Nathan the prophet could imagine and more than anything King David was prepared to ask for. God’s “no” to David was because He had a bigger yes in mind. Thankfully, Nathan’s integrity went beyond the stubborn pride of keeping his own word and was the humble faithfulness to keep every Word of God. After faithfully going to prayer with David’s request, he gave this word to David in 2 Samuel 7:12-13:


When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.


Thank God Nathan the prophet did not let his pride prevent him from rectifying the situation,  so that God could use him to give David a better yes.


Seize the moment and be willing to put your trust more in God’s Word than in your own ideas and plans. Open your hands, mind, and heart to God’s better yes!

God bless you!
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