A simple thought...

….can change the entire course of your life.

Reading 2 Samuel 7:1-18

1 Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”

But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” 17 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David. 18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?

David spent years running for his life from a man that wanted to kill him. On top of all that, he was fighting battles after battles. Finally there came a time of rest after the man died and David could settle down a bit. It is interesting to see that one of the first thoughts he shared was that he was in a nice fancy place while the ark of the covenant was in a tent. This simple thought completely changed the course of David’s life and the life of generations to follow.

God took David’s words very seriously that on the same night God told the prophet to go to David and tell him some things. Those weren’t just simple things, but rather blessing after blessing. God doesn’t need a place to stay simply because nothing can cover the vastness of His glory…seriously lol But David having that in his heart—wanting to build a temple for God—completely moved God’s heart.

Honestly, sometimes I think about ways to move God’s heart. It’s kind of funny when you think about it because really God is all knowing. Nothing is hidden from God. He sees and knows all. It’s that simple. But I do enjoy trying to come up with something to do that I hope would put a smile on God’s face.

It’s like when your parents give you money and then you use that money they gave you to buy a gift for them. When you think about it, it’s really them buying a gift for themselves….well the money came from them, no? haha But what happens when you do that? They become happy. I know sometimes when I would give my mom a gift, she would get so happy and the first thing she would want to do is cook one of my favorite meals.

I feel like God has a heart like that sometimes. He enjoys when his children do these kind little things for Him. He provides all that we have. He’s the great provider. Yet He enjoys when we give back to Him. Then He just turns around and blesses you with blessings that you can’t even carry in one lifetime. Your kids and kids’s kid will be reaping the benefits of a blessing that they have no idea about.

If you have something in your heart that you want to do for God, do it. God loves it. I’m literally smiling as I’m writing this post simply because God is really a loving Father.

God bless you

Gordon Hyppolite