Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: ‘Who am I, LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, my God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You, LORD God, have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men.
1 Chronicles 17:16-17 (NIV)
King David was settled in his palace built from cedar and he saw that the Ark of the Covenant was housed in a tent. He thought this was wrong and decided that he should do something about it. However, although Nathan the prophet initially agreed with David, God revealed to him that it was not for David to build the temple; that honour would fall to one of his descendants. We know from reading elsewhere that this was actually carried out by Solomon.
David could have reacted badly to Nathan’s prophecy. Instead we are told that he went in and sat before the Lord and thanked him for blessing him. He didn’t feel grieved that the great work of building a temple wouldn’t fall to him, instead he concentrated upon what God had done for him and would do through his descendants.
How do you feel if you have identified some great work to do for God, if it is given to another? Do you feel side-lined and resentful, or are you content in the knowledge of God’s will? Are you content that while the work needs to be done, you personally don’t have to be directly involved?
It is often difficult to accept that someone else may be called to do something you have identified as needing done. It is easy to feel hurt and rejected. However, the key is to do as David did, to go in and sit before the Lord. Taking the matter to God will give you a clearer focus on the issue. Start by thanking God for how he has blessed you and used you in the past. Then turn over your future to God and rest content in his will.