2. Temple 1 - Continue doing good

As you all probably know, King Solomon built the first Temple for God. His father, King David desperately wanted to build the Temple for God, but God said no, he had shed too much blood in the process of securing the safety of Israel. God said he could help his son prepare for the Temple, but he wasn't going to built it. King David's heart was in the right place, and started to prepare for the Temple even though he knew he was never going to build it or see the end result. He collected all the gold, silver, bronze, iron and wood as well as great quantities of precious stones for the Temple. And at the end of his life he gave all of his own private treasures as well - 112 tons of gold and 262 tons of silver. David also encouraged the other leaders to do the same and they gave 188 tons of gold, 10 000 gold coins, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, 3 750 tons of iron and numerous precious stones (1 Chron 29:2-8). And they gave it willingly and wholeheartedly to God (1 Chron 29:6, 9). King David laid the foundation for his son, and made it so easy for him to start.

And that is our lesson for today and one I had to learn many times over in my life. Sometimes we are only the ones laying the foundation for others to continue. Many times we won't even see the growth of the seeds we planted and never see the end result. This might discourage us. I know, because it has happened to me often. I have started many groups, that I had to leave before it really grew into a 'success' story. I have sent messages to people that I feel led to, never to hear from them again. I have prayed for people that I never again saw in my life. I have given money to people that I never knew what happened afterwards. I have given some of my books to people in hotels, trains etc, and I never know if it meant something to them or not, I just felt led to give it to them. And so I can go on and on. And then I get despondent sometimes feeling as if I do not make such a big difference, as I seldom see the end result. And then I feel like giving up and not follow the promptings of His Spirit as it sometimes feel as if it leads to nothing. But the Lord placed the following strongly on my heart:

"You don't need to see success, the end result of lives being changed, but I do. You are My hands and feet, reach out and do your part and I will take it further. Do not allow the devil to lie to you and tell you that your part do not make a difference, it does. You are integrally part of the process, part of the change that I want to see in this world. Embrace it and follow the prompting of My Spirit. Then you cannot go wrong. Never ever feel insignificant, never feel that what you are about to do won't make any difference, it will. I am with you and will lead you unto new paths and new opportunities. Do My will and make Me proud. You are just as important as the 'famous' one finishing off what you started."

I then knew without a doubt that we need to do our part. We need to prepare to build the 'temple'. Sometimes we will experience success and see the end result, but mostly we won't. Mostly we will never know what happened in the end. But that is when we need to trust in God, trust that He knows best. Who knows, maybe your kind action that day led someone to the Lord and he became a great missionary, changing thousands of lives. Maybe another person prayed to God for a sign that He cares and then you showed up and paid for their groceries. You might never know, but live with expectancy that all your actions make a big difference. Expect that God will use it for great things. Live with an expectation of good and never ever give up doing good! Don't ever become despondent. Instead be excited. Look forward to today and see all the opportunities that present itself to further the Kingdom of God. Go out and be His hands and feet and make a difference in this world.

Thank you Father that You have a plan for each of us. Thank you so much for all Your goodness and grace. Give us the courage and the sensitivity to listen to Your Spirit and to go out and make a difference in this world. You are so good and we are excited to be part of Your plan. Amen

 

2 comments for “2. Temple 1 - Continue doing good”

  1. Gravatar of MeMe
    Posted Friday, 08 June 2018 at 8:26:34 AM

    Baie waar,moeilik om te doen!!!

  2. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, 08 June 2018 at 12:18:47 PM

    Ize, in your book, God Whispers, on the 8th of June (today), I read this morning; 'It is more blessed to give than to receive!! Acts 20:35

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