Two houses - by Pete Norris

“Moreover, I declare to you that the LORD will build you a house” – 1 Chronicles 17:10
Have you ever made a decision to “do something for God”? Perhaps started to serve in a practical way at church? Or gone on a mission trip? Or given some money to a needy cause?

Two houses
King David wanted to do something for God. He decided to build God a temple or “house”. He saw that he was living in a lovely big house whilst the ark of the covenant of the LORD still sat in a tent in Jerusalem.

Like David, sometimes we feel compelled to do something impressive for God. But the LORD answers David in a surprising way.

In effect, He says: “Thanks for the offer, but I’m going to build YOU a house, David.”

“House” here has a rich meaning. God is not talking about brick and mortar but about a legacy; a kingdom that will last forever.

God reminds David that he doesn’t need anything – He’s God! And He does what He pleases.

Often our efforts at doing something impressive for God come from a desire to impress Him or impress other people.

But we don’t need to impress anyone, God included. He has brought you into the Kingdom of His Son, not because He’s impressed by you but because He loves you.

Everything we have – gifts, talents, money – comes from Him. The only response to this is humble praise.

As David responded: “Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O LORD, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever” (1 Chronicles 18:27).

Your brother in Christ,

Peter Norris