David assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, the officials of the tribes, the officers of the divisions that served the king, the commanders of thousands, the commanders of hundreds, the stewards of all the property and livestock of the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the mighty men and all the seasoned warriors. Then King David rose to his feet and said: “Hear me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of our God, and I made preparations for building. But God said to me, “You may not build a house for my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood.” Yet the Lord God of Israel chose me from all my father’s house to be king over Israel forever. For he chose Judah as leader, and in the house of Judah my father’s house, and among my father’s sons he took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel. And of all my sons (for the Lord has given me many sons) he has chosen Solomon my son to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. He said to me, “It is Solomon your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he continues strong in keeping my commandments and my rules, as he is today.” Now therefore in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord , and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you forever. “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. Be careful now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.” (1 Chronicles 28:1-10 ESV)
Wouldn’t it be great to get the clear cut answer to “what am I suppose to do” with build the temple…
You see David wanted to build the house of God, but he was told no because he was a man of war. So one of his many sons got to sit on the throne after him and complete what David wanted to do.
You see David could have built the house of God but he knew it was not his calling. He knew someone else had to do this. We can all learn something from this. We all have something to do. We may know what it is and we may not, but we all have been called and gifted to do a part in God’s mission. We can also learn from David not building the house of God that it is ok to say no, or not do something.
When we aways say yes, we sometimes could take away from someone else something that they can do better than us and something they have been gifted for. Do not feel bad about saying you can not do something. We have all been gifted to do what we are called to do and we need to work together as one body, the body of Christ!