I write for an audience of teens and young adults. There are people outside of that age-range who read my blog anyway, and I praise God that it pleases Him to use me beyond the scope of my own intentions. But the fact stands that I tailor my posts for young people.
It comes naturally. After all, I am just a young, inexperienced girl, myself.
Given that many of you reading this are young people like me, I assume you relate to me in this area of life: decisions.
Of course, people young and old make decisions daily.
Hit snooze or get up now?
Fried eggs or omelet?
How much to give to the church offering?
If you’re a reader, you’ll relate to this one:
What sort of books do I want to read?
But when we near the end of high school and press on through the years that follow, we face decisions bigger than we ever have before. I probably don’t have to persuade you; you already know what I mean.
When I first considered returning to Japan last year, I turned to the account of David, king of Israel, and a decision he faced about building a temple for God. The account can be found in two places in the Bible: 2 Samuel 7:1-17 and 1 Chronicles 17:1-15.
Basically, after the king settled into his palace, it dawned on him that he was enjoying such luxury, while God – the King of all of Creation – “dwelt” in a tent. He didn’t dwell there in the sense that He was confined to it or that He retreated to it for safety and a place to sleep. Rather, it was the structure where He met with select leaders of Israel.
It was the structure to represent Him.
It was the structure to bear His name.
Now, the text in the Bible doesn’t blatantly portray this situation as a fork-in-the-road, decision-making point for David, but I certainly see it as such. He was moved by his realization to the point where he had to decide; suppress the feeling or do something about it.
The two passages I linked to above don’t tell us in certain terms what David had in mind, but at least one other passage does. He was considering building for God a magnificent temple to bear His name instead of a tent.
Such a feat was no quick-fix solution. (Spoiler Alert:) When the temple was at last built, it took seven years of work. That’s a large chunk of time to dedicate to a project – not to mention the laborers and materials that went into building it (end of spoiler). Surely it was no small matter for David to consider whether he was going to suppress the weight on his heart or act on it.
When considering this account, David’s desire to honor God’s name stands out to me. I think it’s something that I can learn from – that we can learn from.
It reminds me of a relatively well-known verse from the psalms:
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
When our desires are in line with God’s, He delights in granting them.
David started with a desire to see God’s name honored and, as you can see by reading the whole story, God blessed David for such a desire.
- What decisions are you facing that are “no small matter”?
- Do you think that God is pleased with your desires? Are they something He would want you to suppress or pursue?
- What other decision-making models do you see in the Bible?
- How do we align our desires with God’s?
Resources for deeper digging
Psst! For more on:
- the building of the temple, read about it in 1 Kings 6
- David’s desire to build God a temple, and God’s blessing of his desire, have a look at 1 Kings 6:15-21
- when the future is uncertain, click here
- why God seems quiet in the light of decision-making, click here