Monday, April 5, 2004 5:50 a.m.
Sometimes what we want to do is not allowed by God. David wanted to build the temple, but God would not allow him to do so. “Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart.” (II Chronicles 6:7-8). The Lord did not allow David to build the temple, but He allowed Solomon, his son, to build it. The desire of David’s heart was counted unto him for righteousness. Has there ever been a time that you wanted to do something for the Lord, but God stopped you. In your heart you truly wanted to serve the Lord, but you were stopped by an higher authority, and looking back you could see that it was of the Lord. As long as your heart was right with the Lord and your intent was for a godly cause it was counted unto you for righteousness and the Lord says, “…thou didst well that it was in thine heart.” (I Kings 8:18).
Thought for Today: “Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” (Romans 4:3). Let us believe God and trust and obey.