1 Chronicles 17: What If We Don’t Know Why?
David wanted to build the Temple for God. On the surface, it made a lot of sense because he was a man who loved God with all his heart, and you would think by that was the type of person that God would want to build the Temple.
Even the prophet Nathan told David that he should build the Temple when David mentioned the idea. However, in 1 Chronicles 17, God came to Nathan in a dream and told him that he should not be the one who built the Temple.
You kind of have to wonder why.
God really didn’t explain why. He said that David’s family would continue on the throne and that David’s son would be the one that would eventually build the Temple.
You might think that David would be frustrated. After all, all he wanted to do was build a building to honor God. He was told, “Don’t do it,” but he wasn’t told why
I know that this is something that many people struggle with. The Bible gives us a lot of answers for a lot of questions, but it doesn’t do everything. There are some mysteries and things that we simply cannot comprehend right now. Maybe we’ll understand them when we get to heaven, and there might even be things that we will never be able to fully understand.
That being said, the Bible does tell us everything we need to know kind of like God told David everything he needed to know. David needed to know not to build the Temple, and he was told that. We are told that we need Jesus in our hearts to go to heaven and live with God forever.
I know that this will not be intellectually satisfying for those of you who want to find the answer for everything. People are always trying to find an equation to explain the entire universe in one shot. I can definitely identify with that, and I like to think that I am in control. I want to know everything.
However, when you really think about it, we are finite beings trying to comprehend an infinite God. We have no grasp of it because we have to think of boundaries and limits. We naturally put these up because they help us make sense out of things.
Nevertheless, even if we do not understand everything, it does not mean that we cannot believe in God just like it did not mean that David could not spend the rest of the chapter praising God. Mystery does not have to be a bad thing.