Have you ever looked at someone else’s life and watched them live out your dream. Maybe they have your “dream job”. Or they are impacting the world in a way that you want to impact the world. I certainly have.
Have you ever worked really hard for something only to see someone else get what you wanted? Maybe a friend of yours gets a promotion that you felt you deserved. A colleague gets credit for an idea that was yours. I have felt this way too.
King David is one of my favorite characters from the Bible. He was a simple shepherd boy that followed God’s plan for his life and became the King of Israel. If you grew up in church you’ve probably heard quite a few stories about David. David was a king and a warrior, but he was also a musician, a poet, and a songwriter. He wrote a large portion of the Psalms, the largest book in the Bible. He was called “a man after God’s own heart”. And in many ways, he’s a role model for all worshipers and worship leaders.
God’s blessing was certainly upon David and his family, but even David was not exempt from broken dreams. Later in David’s life, after he had seen God use him to do many great thing, he had another idea, a great idea. David wanted to build a temple for the Lord, a permanent dwelling place for God. I can imagine David staying up late at night thinking about this idea. He probably shared it with close friends because he couldn’t contain his excitement. It seemed like David was the perfect person to build the temple. But, if you know the story, you know that David’s dream of building a temple for God was denied by God. Not only that, it was given to someone else. Ouch. Here is what God said to David,
‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. 19 Nevertheless, you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.’ 1 Kings 8:18-19
I have no doubt that David was disappointed and frustrated. David wanted something that he didn’t have. Something he couldn’t have. How would you have responded if you were David? Anger? Frustration? We all find ourselves in this very predicament at some point in life.
David’s response is beautiful. It’s recorded in 2 Samuel 7:18-29. Instead of dwelling on what he didn’t have or what he thought he needed, David worshiped God for what He WAS doing in his life. David gave his dreams to God and trusted that God uses people how He chooses. He was thankful for the how God was using him, instead of coveting how God was using other people.
We can all learn a good lesson from David. We can learn to trust God’s activity and plan for our life, knowing that it is the best thing for us. We can learn to bless God and worship him for his goodness to us. When we do these things, we stop comparing ourselves with others, realizing it’s all about God’s glory anyway, not ours.