Reading: 2nd Samuel 7: 1-11 and 16
Verse Sixteen: “Your house and kingdom will endure forever before me”.
I wonder if as a young boy out in the fields tending the sheep if David ever dreamed of being king. I wonder if a a teen bringing food to his brothers who were off to war if David ever imagined replacing Saul as the king of Israel. I wonder if after David established himself on the throne if he wondered if there could be more.
As David settles into the beautiful palace that he has built for himself, he considers the ark of the covenant. In many ways the ark represents God’s presence with the chosen people. Since the days of Moses, the ark has been dwelling in the tabernacle – a divinely designed and excellently functioning portable tent. Following success after success David is “comfortable”. David does attribute his success to God so it is natural for him to think of doing something nice for God, almost as a way to say or give thanks. So David decides to build a temple for God and for the ark of the covenant. It is a wonderful and kind thought, but God has other plans.
I wonder if we are ever like David – thinking things are good or just fine while God has more in the works. I wonder if we are ever like David – thinking we’ll do something ‘nice’ for God when God turns around and amazes us.
In our passage today God says that it is nice that David wants to build a temple, but, now now, I have bigger plans at work. God says to David, “Your house and kingdom will endure forever before me”. I wonder if David thought beyond a generation or two and really imagined what God was saying here. I wonder if David imagined that God’s promise would culminate with a baby born in a manger in tiny Bethlehem.
I wonder if God has anything at work in my life right now that I am unaware of or don’t even realize is in motion. I wonder. Do you ever wonder about this? May we be open to the impossible that God wants to do through each and every one of us.