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2 Samuel 7:1-14a

In God’s Time

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2 Samuel 7:1-14a

In God’s Time

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Today’s lesson is from the Old Testament and is a story about King David who was king of God’s chosen people, the Israelites. As their leader, King David took care of the Covenant Box. This was a very important box because inside were the tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written.

Remember that the Ten Commandments are God’s rules that help us live a good life. They remind us not to lie or steal or cause harm to others.

This Covenant Box was kept in a tent and King David began to think that he should build a house in which to keep this important box. He talked with Nathan, a prophet, about this, but that very night God spoke to Nathan and told him to tell King David not to build a house for the Covenant Box.

God had plans for King David’s life and he said that later King David’s son would build “a house for my name” (7:13). This son was not even born yet, but years later that is exactly what happened.

After King David died, his son Solomon became king and built a beautiful temple for the Covenant Box. We can follow this story along in the Bible and see how David became a great and famous king and when the time was right Solomon, his son, built the temple. It all seems a part of God’s plan.

That is the lesson we can take from this story. God has a plan for each of us. When we pray and seek God’s guidance, we open ourselves to God’s Spirit. We are then ready to learn how God wants us to live and what God wants us to do.

God told King David, “I have been with you wherever you went…” (7:9). This is true for us as well – God is with us and has a plan for each one of us.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan