I Chronicles 28:3 (NKJV) 3 But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.

You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the Bible who showed more love and devotion to God than David. He even has the privileged distinction of being called a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).

It was out of this great heart of devotion to God that David desired to do something special for the Lord. He wanted to do something that nobody else had done or could afford to do. He wanted to build the Lord a Temple where He could be worshipped by His people. Do you desire to do something special for the Lord?

Now if you are David, it’s probably a foregone conclusion that all of this is going to happen. You have got the power as King, you’ve got the resources, and you’ve got the motivation. So why wouldn’t this unfold as planned in David’s heart?

“But God”…that’s what. The one thing that stood between David’s desire and it becoming a reality was the fact that God intervened. He stepped in and told David that He wouldn’t allow him to build the Temple. The reason? David had shed too much blood in his lifetime, and the Lord wanted His House to be built with a different set of hands. And because of this “But God,” the honor of building the Temple would instead go to David’s son, Solomon.

This certainly caught David by surprise, and it undoubtedly came as a disappointment. God took things in a different direction than expected. And now David had to deal with what the Lord was doing. The same thing happens in our own lives. We’ve got an idea of what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do it. All I am saying is it’s alright to have an idea you want to see into fruition especially one for the Lord, but it must be approved by God.

Point to ponder: But then there’s a “But God” that presents us with a challenge: Dwell in disappointment—or rise above it in faith. When the unexpected “But God” happens to you, do as David did. Accept the fact that the Lord is taking things in a different direction, and trust that He’s bigger than your initial sense of disappointment.

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