1 Chronicles 17
1 Chronicles 17:1-12
V.1: David had a genuine desire to see that God was well taken care of.
V.2: This sounded good to Nathan, also.
A. Don’t follow your heart, follow the Word of God!
V.3-6: God said “I didn’t ask for a house.”
V.7: I took you from being a shepherd, from following sheep, to ruling my people.
V.8: I have always been with you.
V.9-10: I will take care of you, and I will build you a house.
V.11-12: My house is not for you to build, I have some one else to do that. You won’t even get to see it. (Not now, not you).
• We may desire to do some good and noble task for God, but it may be something that He has not told us to do.
• Don’t follow your heart, follow the Word of God. He will never leave you astray. Following your heart can cause all kinds of problems.
• We need to understand that God has a place for everyone, and everyone needs to keep his place. (Numbers 3:23,29,35)
• Don’t get jealous if someone else has been called to do a job that you desire.
• Paul says that the Christian life is like a race, but not against each other.
• There are no unimportant or insignificant jobs for God. Each is vitally important to His will.
• Too often, because of jealousy and bitterness, we hinder those who have taken “our jobs.” We criticize and complain about the way they do things. God made a mistake by not calling me.
• We should faithfully do our jobs, and support others in their jobs.
• In the succeeding chapters, we see that rather than being bitter, David stored up vast amounts of treasure and materials. He helped to prepare the way for Solomon.
• Living sacrifice, as opposed to dead.
• We would choose jobs that are convenient to us.
• If it were easy and convenient, it wouldn’t be sacrifice. God chooses!