His Plans Or Ours
Read Chronicles17: 1-30.
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said, "Who am I, Lord God, and what is my house
that you have brought me this far?" (1 Chronicles 17:16)
As a young husband and daddy of 3 children; my husband decided after talking and praying with God; that he was going to start a Home Decor and remodeling business. He converted our one car garage into a wood shop, hired some younger men to help with the larger remodeling jobs, and created flyers, business cards and brochures to get the word out to the public. The business prospered for several years; but then where we were living the economy really fell and it was hard for him to get the jobs to take care of his family in the fashion he considered acceptable. So, he closed the business down and got a patent for his products he created, and went to work for a large company in a larger, different city about 3/4 hours away. Needless to say this was not my husband's plans. He could have just kept doing his plans, but God's plans are not always our plans for our lives. It's normal to be disappointed when God's timing and design for our lives do not match our expectations.
When David wanted to build the Lord's temple, he had the right motives, the leadership ability and the resources. Yet God said he could not undertake the project because he had killed too many people in battle. (1 Chronicles 22:8) David could have shaken his fist at God in anger. He could have pouted or plowed ahead with his own plans. But instead; he humbly said, "Who am I Lord God....that you have brought me this far?" (17:16) David went on to praise God and declare his devotion to Him. He valued his relationship with God more than his ambition.
What is more important------achieving our hopes and dreams or our love for God ????
True satisfaction is found in yielding ourselves to the will of God and our greatest hope comes from trusting God.