“But it happened that night that the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, ‘Go and tell My servant David, thus says the LORD: Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?’”
2 Samuel 7:4-5
The main purpose for David’s calling was to build the temple, a dwelling place for God. Because of David’s sin, he forfeited his privilege to build God’s house. (1 Chronicles 28:3) King David was known for many great accomplishments but the one thing God called David to do, he could not do! This privilege was passed down to David’s son, Solomon. (1 Chronicles 28:6) Solomon completed the first temple in 957 B.C. It was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. Construction for the second temple began in 538 B.C. and was completed and dedicated by Zerubbabel in 515 B.C. It was destroyed by the Roman Empire in 70 A.D.
David’s inability to build a house for God had nothing to do with God’s love, or the lack thereof, for David. Before and after David’s sin, God loved David with an everlasting love. However, because of God’s holy nature, He could not ignore the consequences for sin. Therefore, the consequence for David’s sin cost him dearly. David remained King but he could not do the one thing God called him to do. The same can be said of Moses. God called Moses to lead His children from the bondage of Egypt into the freedom of the Promised Land but when Moses struck the rock with his staff, he forfeited his privilege to enter the Promised Land with his people. (Deuteronomy 32:51-52)
What is your purpose? What has God called you to do? Whatever your purpose may be, the task is to glorify God. It is not to make a name for yourself but to make the name of Jesus familiar and famous within the circle of your influence. He saved you for more than just the privilege of going to heaven when you die. You have been called to fulfill a divine purpose on earth. Do you know your purpose? Are you fulfilling your purpose? Like David and Moses, sin can keep you from fulfilling your purpose. Sin could cost you dearly! If your sin causes you to suffer extreme consequences, the actions of God do not mean He does not love you. He loves you with an everlasting love! You are eternally secure in Him. Are you on the verge of forfeiting your purpose because of your unwillingness to confess and repent of your sin? God, who is rich in grace and mercy, has blessed you to accomplish much for Him. Please do not allow sin to possibly keep you from fulfilling your purpose for God. Do not risk missing out on an earthly or a spiritual blessing. Do not risk missing out on an eternal reward or the possibility of not hearing Jesus say to you, “Well Done!”
Today, has God revealed any sin in your life that you need to confess? Will you confess it right now and experience God’s forgiveness? I pray you will live today with an awareness of your divine purpose. Wherever you go today, please remember to keep the main thing the main thing!