If God gave you a blank check for your life, what would you do? Reading through the Bible in a year brought me to 1 Chronicles 17 where David wants to build a temple, a permanent place for worship for God. Not being into tent camping myself, it sounds like a great idea.
The prophet Nathan gives this response to David in 1 Chronicles 17:2, “Do everything you have in mind, because God is with you.”
This time around the “do everything” caught my attention. What would I do if I could do everything, if I could do anything, because God is with me?
A popular values clarification exercises is: “If money were no problem, what would you do?” Nathan trumps money with God. What would you do if you knew God is with you in doing it?
One of my favorite prayer verses is Ephesians 3:20, With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. (New Century Version) That verse leads me to pray, God stretch my imagination.
But in 1 Chronicles 17, Nathan does not have God’s final word for David. Hearing from God, Nathan has to go back to David and say something like David right idea, wrong time, your not the guy, and by the way God has a much better building plan in store for you.
God is for the temple, but Solomon will build it after David is gone. Even more God is for David, not against him. David wanted to build God a permanent home, God will build from David an eternal dynasty. Jesus will come from David’s line. Jesus will be the King of Kings.
Isn’t that so God? Isn’t that why wise leaders keep on praying and keep on following God even when the first answer is no? When God says no to your idea, He comes back with a better one, more than you can ask or imagine.
In reading from 1 Chronicles 17, the day’s reading assignment also had these familiar words from John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Wise leaders recognize God’s no answers can lead to an even greater yes. Jesus, the king from David’s line, comes to give life to the max. So what are you praying for Him to do? Are you ready for Him to stretch your imagination?