As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.
Scripture: 2 Samuel 7: 12-16
Key Verse: (16) “ ‘Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me, your throne will be established forever.’ ”
Reflection: Have you ever wanted to do something big for God to thank and repay God for all the good done for you? That’s exactly what King David proposed to God. David wished to build a house for God in gratitude and in appreciation for God’s faithful presence during his many battles against enemies. We know David had a heart for God and he constantly sought ways to please and honor God.
But God had a bigger plan … as often is the case! David was informed, however, God, would instead build a house for him, a house that would endure forever. God made a promise for the future, a promise to be fulfilled by Christ, a descendant of David’s. David wanted to build a house that was temporal – God promised “a house” (kingdom!) that was everlasting. David would never see the fullness of God’s promise manifest. But David trusted and obeyed. He had faith that God’s grace was bigger than any plan he could make on his own.
During Lent, I wonder what plans we are making in gratitude to bless and glorify God? We wait on the risen Christ, and we strive to live into the hopes and dreams of resurrection in a world that often seems at odds with our beliefs. We seek to understand that God’s abundant love is so much bigger than we can imagine, and that it is a promise for the future that we can’t fully comprehend today. May we have obedience, trust, faith, and a heart like David’s, to honor and praise God today, yet live expectantly for the fulfillment of his future promises.
Prayer: God of promises, teach me to listen, help me to trust, guide me in understanding. Your plans are eternal, are trustworthy, and are always so much bigger than I can even hope for. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. Amen.
Author: Susan Tome, Elder class of 2023
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].