Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Chronicles 17:1-4 (KJV); Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord remaineth under curtains. Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee. And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:
It was King David’s desire to build for the Lord a temple. It grieved him that he dwelt in a house of cedars but the ark of the covenant of the Lord was under curtains. When he revealed his convictions to Prophet Nathan, the prophet told him to do all that was in his heart because God was with him. However, the Lord appeared to Nathan that night and told him otherwise.
What lesson is here for the child of God?
While it is very true that God speaks through his servants, men and women of God, not everything they say is from God. In the first instance that the prophet had spoken, he was merely following his own convictions. God’s mind was revealed to him later.
What if the Lord had not appeared to the prophet that night? What if the Lord had spoken but the prophet was too indifferent to hear God’s instruction? It means that David would have undertaken an endeavour that was contrary to the will of God.
Sadly, there are ministers of the gospel in our present day who will speak out of the convictions of their own heart and may be too indifferent to hear what the Lord is saying to set them straight.
I have served in the gospel long enough to see many people make decisions with disastrous consequences because they took everything that a man of God spoke at face value. They were not quite as fortunate as David who was stopped in his tracks before he stumbled off the path of divine purpose.
You must understand that even though ministers of God are a guiding light in making decisions, they are not the primary guiding light. You must cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit as the first source of conviction for any decisions you make. Let the minister simply be a confirmer of what the inward witness says.
FURTHER STUDY: Romans 8:14, John 16:13
GOLDEN NUGGET: Even though ministers of God are a guiding light in making decisions, they are not the primary guiding light. You must cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit as the first source of conviction for any decisions you make. Let the minister simply be a confirmer of what the inward witness says.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the gift of Your Spirit, my teacher and my counselor. I thank You for the wisdom to always look within because Your voice is never silent. I hear You speak, guide me and remind me which way I should go. In Jesus’ name, Amen.