“This is what the LORD says, ‘Should you build Me a house for My dwelling?’” – 2 Samuel 7:5

To David, it seemed like a good idea. Seeing that “the ark of God remains within tent curtains,” he suggested to Nathan that it was time to build a permanent house for God. Nathan told David to go ahead, “for the Lord is with you” (v. 3). But neither of these men prayed about this issue or sought God. They simply assumed. To them, it made sense. But God had different plans. Yes, a temple was to be built, but David would not do it. The temple would be built but in God’s time, in His way. The Bible reminds us that we must never take God for granted. We need to remember that His ways are not our ways. We always need to seek Him. Seek to be guided by Him. Wait on Him, and let Him direct our steps. Over the centuries, many have failed to learn the lessons God taught David. Many have decided to move forward with their own ideas without seeking Him. And they have paid the price. The Bible tells us God has plans for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). He looks for those who wait on Him (Psalm 33:18) and seek first His kingdom (Matthew 6:33). Today, make sure you commit your way to God – every decision, every project. Don’t lean on your own understanding but trust Him to direct your path. And remember to wait on Him!

Read: 2 Samuel 7


“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree … planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.” – Psalm 92:12-15

The Bible promises that those who are righteous “will flourish like a palm tree.” These trees provide an important comparison: They could thrive even in hot, dry, remote areas. The picture is clear: God wants to bless us just like those palm trees. There may be sin all around us, but, if we are righteous before God, He can cause us to flourish with blessings that never fade. He promises that we will “still bear fruit in old age” and “stay fresh and green.” Psalm 1 made a similar declaration, where blessings were promised for those who don’t “walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers” (v. 1). If we delight in His law and meditate on it day and night, we will be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” (v. 3). We will prosper in whatever we do. The Bible urges us to realize that God wants us to be fruitful in everything we do – finances and health, relationships and spiritual life. This starts as we believe His promises and put them into practice in our lives. No matter what is going on around you if you are faithful to Him and live according to His principles, God can make you flourish like a palm tree.

Read: Psalm 92