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Sunday, April 29 You are not the one who will build the house.​—1 Chron. 17:4

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Sunday, April 29

You are not the one who will build the house.—1 Chron. 17:4.


Dismayed that there was no “house,” or temple, dedicated to Jehovah, David wanted to build one. However, Jehovah directed otherwise, as noted in today’s text. Although Jehovah lovingly assured David that He would continue to bless him, God directed that David’s son Solomon build the temple. How did David react? (1 Chron. 17:1-4, 8,11, 12; 29:1) David did not withhold his support, brooding over the prospect that the credit for temple construction would not be his. The building did, in fact, become known as Solomon’s temple, not David’s. While David may have been disappointed that he could not fulfill his heart’s desire, he fully supported the project. He eagerly organized work groups and gathered iron, copper, silver, and gold, as well as cedar timbers. Further, he encouraged Solomon, saying: “Now, my son, may Jehovah be with you, and may you be successful and build the house of Jehovah.”—1 Chron. 22:11, 14-16. w17.01 5:6, 7

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

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King David accepted that he would not be allowed to build the temple, so he changed his goals. Sometimes our circumstances don’t allow for us to do the things in Jehovah’s service that we may want to do. This is a great point to see that it’s ok to change your theocratic goals. We must remember that Jehovah knows our heart. Serving and pleasing Jehovah is the most important thing. 

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