Pasture Time

by Terri Gillespie

Commit whatever you do to ADONAI [the LORD], and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 TLV

This verse used to confuse me, which eventually morphed into frustration. Why? Because not everything I dedicated to the Lord succeeded. My family members’ salvations, the jobs I had hoped for, friends and families’ health, the books published (or unpublished), speaking engagements…and the list goes on.

Interestingly enough, to commit means to carry out a plan or pledge or bind ourselves to a certain policy. To dedicate what we’re doing to the Lord is more like investing our time and effort to His cause or plan.

You know what that sounds more like? Relationship.

The greatest architect in the world is only as good as his listening ability. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the building is, if the building doesn’t function in the way that the client needs and requests, the project is a failure. Because ultimately, the architect doesn’t own the building, it belongs to the client.

King David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). When David felt a passionate urge to build a “real” dwelling place for Adonai, he sought out the prophet Nathan for advice and guidance (2 Samuel 7:1-3). Notice that the David who had spent his boyhood alone on the hills worshipping and praising God, gaining great wisdom and insights, didn’t even go to the Lord himself. Where was that special bond and relationship David had?

David may not have spoken to the Lord, but the Lord sure spoke to Nathan that night:

But it came to pass the same night that the word of ADONAI came to Nathan saying: “Go, tell My servant David: Thus says ADONAI: Are you to build Me a house for Me to dwell in? Since the day that I brought up the children of Israel from Egypt to this day I have not dwelt in a house, but have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle. In all My journeying among all the children of Israel, did I ever speak a word to any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’” (2 Samuel 7:4-7, TLV).

Okay, then. Adonai scolds David for presuming he knew what the Lord of Hosts wanted. Adonai reminds David that He was the one who raised David up to be king—from a pasture of sheep.

But then, our Heavenly Father has compassion on David’s well-meaning intent, and gives the ultimate prophecy that He would make David’s name great, because from his lineage would come the Messiah, Jesus (2 Samuel 7:8-11).

What?! David would not be remembered for building a temple that would eventually be destroyed three times, but for his offspring, the Son of David, Yeshua—His Body, His Temple, that atoned for our sins and then rose from the dead in three days—could never be destroyed!

What is David’s response? He goes straight to Adonai in worship, praise, and gratitude (2 Samuel 7:18-29). He went back into relationship with the Lord. He went back to the “pasture.”

Perhaps, this is our reminder that those well-meaning plans we “commit” or “dedicate” that don’t work out may need some serious relationship time. While seeking wise human counsel is a good thing, it isn’t a substitute for seeking God’s direction.

Let’s go back to our “pasture” and listen. GOD may have an even better plan.

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About the author: Award-winning author and speaker, Terri Gillespie writes stories of faith and redemption to nurture souls. Her novels, devotionals, messages, and blogs have drawn readers to hunger for a deeper relationship with their Heavenly Father, because of His Son Jesus. Her newest novel, Sweet Rivalry, released in October.

Sweet Rivalry

Sweet Rivalry, the story of twins separated by a troubled mother. One twin is lovingly raised by her grandmother who owns a small-town bakery. The other sister is raised by an addict mother. They discover one another through a televised baking competition. But will rivalry break them apart again?

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