David had a desire to build a house for the Lord. The Lord said ‘no’ but that his son would build Him a house. How did David respond? He worshipped. 1 Chronicles 17:20 says, “O Lord, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”
How do you react when your dreams are crushed, your desires are fulfilled by someone else, or your wants go unfulfilled? David did not pine or get angry. 1 Chronicles 22:5 says, “…the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparations for it. So David made abundant preparations before his death.”
David gathered all the building materials, laborers, and gold, silver, bronze. He gave Solomon the plans the Lord had given him. 1 Chronicles 29:3 says, “Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given…over and above all that I prepared…my own special treasure of gold and silver.”
Let David’s instruction to his son speak to our hearts regarding our nation. 1 Chronicles 28:8 says, “…be careful to seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land, and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever.”
Do you have dreams, desires, and wants that will not be fulfilled? David kept his desire in his heart. Though he couldn’t do what he desired, he zealously laid up provision for his son. May the Lord grant us wisdom to take what we cannot do, then use our passion to empower others to carry out our desire.
Unfulfilled dreams, desires, and wants can either make us bitter, or become a gift for others. The Lord multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed a multitude. He took what the little boy gave to do what the little boy couldn’t do. What will He do when you willingly lay down what you can’t do so He can multiply it?