Set Aright Our Building Plans!

“Then Satan… incited David to number Israel.  So David said to Joab.., ‘Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number.’ But Joab said, ‘May the Lord add to his people a hundred times as many as they are! Are they not all my lord’s servants? Why then require this? Why should it be a cause of guilt for Israel?’ But the king’s word prevailed. So Joab went throughout Israel and came back to Jerusalem [and] gave the sum… 

“But God was displeased with this thing, and he struck Israel.  And David said to God, ‘I have sinned greatly in… this thing. Now, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.'”

“Then [David] called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel…

“Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God, as he has spoken concerning you. Only, may the Lord grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you join may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed…

“‘Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the Lord.’” 1 Chronicles 21:1-5,7-8a; 22:6,11-13,19

King David did many things right, and his heart for God set aright his plans when they went wrong. His earnestness to please the Lord did not always prevent sin, but did bring genuine conviction and confession when he did. Nearing the end of his days, a big and costly slip of judgment turned, by God’s mercy, to a refocus on the proper way to build. His legacy would not be in the number of his troops, but that those people were established in the Lord and would have a place of worship. (1 Samuel 13:14; 2 Samuel 11:1-21; 12:1-13; Acts 13:22)

What we value determines how we build. Methods expose motives. As we manage each day, it’s vital to remember the Sovereign of successful blueprints. Allowing any impulse that is not Spirit-led to influence our plans will set us off-course, but God’s path of grace offers the clear way of correction. Humbly naming our pride and idolatry as the affronts to God’s uprightness they are redirects our inclinations. Inviting His design and correction arights all that is askew, and indicates glorious results. (James 4:5-10)

For and with what what do we build? Do we orchestrate plans to accumulate earthly goods, or to lay up treasure in heaven? Do we expend wasted effort on shoddy and temporary work, or thoughtfully implement the precious materials from God’s generous resources to build for His glory? (Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 12:16-21; 1 Corinthians 3:10-14)

Lord, keep me steady and steadfast in all my plans. Set aright all the ways I aspire and build and live to bring You praise and glory. (James 4:13-16)

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