Bible Studies for Life Lesson for August 8- Focus on God-s Purposes
July 27 2010 by Phyllis Elvington, speaker, author, member of Tabor City Baptist Church

Focal Passages: 2 Samuel 7:1-7, 11b-16, 18-21

King David’s intentions were good. “After the king was settled in his palace … he said … ‘Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent’” (v. 1, NIV).

David finally had a place he could call home — so his natural inclination was to build a house for God’s presence to dwell in.

There was one small problem with David’s plan.

He had failed to ask God for His opinion on the matter.

David could almost see the finished product, but he had started making plans without consulting the one person who mattered the most — God.

David later explained, “I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it.

“But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood’” (1 Chr. 28:2-3, NIV).

Two phrases in this passage from 1 Chronicles hold the key to focusing on God’s will and purpose for our lives:
  • “I made plans…” 
  • “But God said to me…”
David really wanted to please and honor God.

However, we cannot please and honor God by doing things our way.

We must listen to His voice and follow His leading. 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Is. 55:8-9, RSV).

Our ultimate goal in life should be to bring honor and glory to God in all that we say, in all that we do, and in all that we are.

Our agenda should be to align ourselves with God’s purposes — not to make our plans and then ask God to bless them.

God had great plans for King David.

He promised David that his son would “build a house for My Name” (v. 13, NIV).

He also promised, “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever” (v. 16, NIV).

God had great plans for King David, and He has great plans for you, too.
  • Stay in the Word.
  • Go to God in prayer.
  • Trust Him in all things.
  • Focus on His purposes for your life and you will be blessed:              
    • Psalm 57:2;            
    • Proverbs 3:5-6, 16:1-3;            
    • Jeremiah 29:11;            
    • Romans 8:28; and            
    • Ephesians 2:10.  
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