I SAY YES
“’Thus says the Lord: It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in… I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel, and I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you… When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.’” [1 Chronicles 17:3-11]
I would love it if you would read through 1 Chronicles 22 (the follow-up to this passage) in its entirety, leaning into the heart of David and his ‘yes’ to preparing the way for the next generation.
Is anyone else a doer? I have a terrible habit of seeing something that needs to be done and instantly volunteering to take care of it myself. It’s just easier that way, hey? But can I be honest and vulnerable with you all for a moment? I’ve found that my ‘yes’ in those situations isn’t so much found in conviction and calling from Jesus but rather from fear and a lack of trust in His provision. If I’m not careful I can so easily fall into the trap of finding my value and acceptance in what I can do rather than my identity as a daughter of the King.
And then there’s David. This was God’s guy, right? I mean he was the man after God’s own heart. When he wasn’t knocking out giants he was singing the praises of God, literally falling on his face in worship and adoration of the King. It just makes sense that when David recognized the need for a permanent worship place for the living God his heart took to it, doesn’t it?
But then God told him no.
God didn’t sugarcoat it, friends. God told him that this dream wasn’t actually for him – It was for his son. But what I love about David’s heart is his response to God’s no. It would have been incredibly easy for David to shut down and miss the promise that came next. Because God didn’t really tell David ‘no’, God told David to wait. He told him to hope for and to prepare because someone was coming who was far more qualified, graced, and purposed to take the dream David had been given and make it a reality.
What’s incredible about David is that he didn’t see God’s redirection as a limitation to his calling. He saw it as an opportunity for expansion. He began to sow seeds into his son that would produce a crop that David wouldn’t actually live to see. David said yes to a multigenerational faith, a promise that extended far beyond his existence. It’s beautiful to think that we too have been given this opportunity. God places on each of our hearts a calling and a hope, a purpose and a passion that makes you uniquely you. But the plans of God do not stop with you and me. The heart of God is to see generation after generation step into better and better and better and better.
We can learn so much from David’s yes and how that empowered Solomon to find success in building the temple. In the waiting, David prepared. He encouraged, he fathered, he brought along, he set up boundaries, and finally, he charged Solomon with the calling God had so clearly spoken over his life. Saying ‘yes’ to Jesus is far bigger than simply doing what needs to be done. You and I were not created to spend our days checking items off of a to-do list and we certainly aren’t purposed to say ‘yes’ out of fear or insecurity. Saying ‘yes’ looks like trusting that God is raising up future generations. Saying ‘yes’ looks like embracing who Jesus says that you are. It looks like stepping into the role of an encourager, empowering others to come alongside you into bigger and better things than you yourself could ever accomplish on your own. Let’s say ‘yes’ to building each other up into the women we are called to be!
“So now we must cling tightly to the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises! Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.” [Hebrews 10:23-25]
If I’m honest with myself, do I find my value and acceptance in what I can do rather than who Jesus says that I am?
When I hold onto my best, God can’t give me His better. What am I holding onto that God is telling me to release?
Who is God calling me to pour into? To encourage, to bring alongside on the journey, and to charge with the calling God has placed over their life?
This week we have the opportunity as a sisterhood to meet together, to join as one and sing praises to the king of kings. If you look around that room on Thursday, what you’ll see isn’t a group of women who are your age or stage of life. Rather, you’ll see a multigenerational gathering of women, each of whom with a grace purposefully and intentionally placed on their life by the God whose plans are far bigger than the individual. Sisters, we are purposed to be woven together, united through the unending love of Jesus. Therefore, our beauty comes not from our individual threads but rather from how we empower and encourage each other to say ‘yes’ to the purpose and calling He has placed on our lives.
Love, Shannon Rentz