2 Sam. 7:1-11, 16 

            Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.”  Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the LORD is with you.”  But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan:

             Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the LORD:

                        Are you the one to build me a house to live in?

                         I have not lived in a house since the day

                                    I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day,

                        but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle.

                         Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel,

                                    did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel,

                                    whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying,

                                    “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”

                         Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David:

                                    Thus says the LORD of hosts:

                                                I took you from the pasture,

                                                from following the sheep

                                                to be prince over my people Israel;

                                                 and I have been with you wherever you went,

                                                and have cut off all your enemies from before you;

                                                and I will make for you a great name,

                                                like the name of the great ones of the earth.

                                     And I will appoint a place for my people Israel

                                                and will plant them,

                                                so that they may live in their own place,

                                                and be disturbed no more;

                                                and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly,

                                                 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel;

                                                and I will give you rest from all your enemies.

                                    Moreover the LORD declares to you

                                                that the LORD will make you a house.

                                                Your house and your kingdom

                                                            shall be made sure forever before me;

                                                your throne shall be established forever.

 

            from Rev. Dawna Watkins, Bluefield, WV

            As I am preparing this devotional, I cannot help but take a moment to follow its example. I ask my spiritual advisor for guidance.  I pray for divine guidance and God’s will for the “what nexts” in my ministry and service to God.

            God of many houses, what is it that I can do to honor Your glory in the midst of all that I have? Am I a Solomon or a David; am I being asked to wait for Your time, or are You giving me the green light for a new direction of service to You and Your kingdom?

            Advent and Lent have become dedicated times of waiting in Godly time. Be a David:  turn to your spiritual advisor, or your pastor or an elder with your calling, to better God’s House and await your answer in God’s time. Then get ready to go to work for God.

 

You know me, and you know the right time, O God. 

 Prepare me to follow your guiding hand.

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