Discipleship

Dreams and disappointments

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1Chronicles 29:26-28  “Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel.  And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.  And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead”.

King David – also called “a man after God’s own heart”- has a life that sounds like a soap opera material. We’ve seen the boy became a man, how the shepherd became a king. We saw him resplendent as he basks in the glory of success, and how he wallowed into the deepest trench of defeat, how he enjoyed God’s blessings and how he endured the consequences of his sins.

In our text, King David is already at an old age. We know that he had a dream to build the Lord’s temple; however, God told him, “NO”. It was a huge disappointment to David, a disappointment that lingered until the end of his life.

Can you relate? Do you have a dream that you wanted so bad you are willing to give up everything for that dream only to be told, “NO” by God?

When disappointments come our way, how do we handle them? If we look at the life of King David, the key is to look at failures in a different perspective: in God’s perspective. You see, disappointments are actually God’s different appointments for you. The fact is, as limitless and as infinite God’s wisdom is, He has other plans, better and more beneficial than your dreams!

As we reach old age, it becomes clearer that some of our own dreams will not be fulfilled. And yet, just like King David, we should not focus on what God did not allow us to do but on what God has allowed us to do. We can always plan, but we have to believe that God always has the best plan.

If you are the Lord and master of your own life, don’t blame God for your unfulfilled dreams but yourself. However, if Jesus Christ is the Lord and Master of your life, thank Him for what He has done because He has brought into your life the things that were best for you.

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