Settled to Build


1 Chronicles 17:1 “After David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under a tent”

Interesting how David only thought about building God’s temple once he was settled in his palace. After so much trouble and turmoil through his life; endless battles and long journeys, he could finally settle down and  get round to building something.

It makes me think about what we are building for God’s Kingdom and how important it is for us to be settled in life before we can build something for the long-term. What I mean is by being in a career, living in a certain location, perhaps even being married or having kids, once our outer lives are settled for the future then we can get round to building something long-term.

As young people who might be doing a gap year or away at university, they can certainly help out lots and help what others are building, but the reality is that they are not there for the long-term. I just started my first ‘career’ job 3 months ago, I am now a Design Engineer at Gilkes in Kendal. It is great because it gives me and Claire a greater security and stability for the future.

It means I can commit to building something because I know I am here for the long-haul. It strikes me how important it is to finish university, education, travelling or anything else so you can settle down and start building something for God’s Kingdom. I think of some of the couples and families in our church who have literally been the backbone for the church for so many years, keeping everyone encouraged and pressing on.

How can you build something if you are always moving around?


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