Right For One, Or Right For All?
December 20, 2022 by Clayton Smith

Just because it is a good thing does not mean that you are supposed to do it.

Just because something is a good thing to do, does not necessarily mean that you are supposed to do it.

For Example:
David and the temple.
As many of you probably know, David wanted to build a permanent temple for God, as opposed to the movable tabernacle which Israel currently had.
God, however, wanted David's son Soloman to build the temple instead of David. Does this mean that building the temple was a bad thing to do?
Not necessarily, but it is not what God wanted for David.

We may see things that we think we should do, and they may very well be good things to do, but God has plans for everyone, and He may have someone else to do it instead of you.
If we ignore the things that God wants us to do, it may be that those things will never happen. In 2 Kings 4, starting in verse 8, it tells the story of the Shunamite woman that gives the prophet Elisha bread, whenever Elisha came, she fed him.
She then went to her husband:

"And she said unto her husband, behold now,
I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.

Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick:
and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither." -2 Kings 4:8-10

Later in the story, Elisha tells her that she would have a son, the son grows older, and is one day working in the fields:

"And he said unto his father, my head, my head.
and he said to a lad, carry him to his mother.

And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died." -2 Kings 4 19-20

The Shunamite woman put the child on Elisha's bed, then she went out looking for Elisha.
She finds Elisha, and eventually, Elisha comes to her home, where the child is later revived.

I would encourage you to read this story in it's entirety, being from verse 8 to verse 37, in 2 Kings 4.
There are many interesting details of this story which I did not mention for the sake of time, so as I said, I encourage you to read the story for yourself.

God had a plan for the Shunamite woman.
God planned for her to house Elisha, for her to have a son, for her son to die, and for her son to be revived.

How could this story have happened differently, let us see.
If the woman had not housed Elisha, she would never have had the son, if you read the story you will see that this was a reward for taking care of Elisha.
If the woman did not believe that he was a man of God, she would not have went looking for him, meaning that the son would never have been revived.

This story shows us that God has specific plans for our lives, and that God's plans for everyone intersect with one another in different ways.
Elisha followed God's plan for his life by going to different places as a prophet for God. In traveling from different places, Elisha would have needed different places to stay.
God provided one place for him at which he could stay, through the Shunamite woman. If the Shunamite woman had not done God's will in taking care of Elisha, she would never have seen God work in her life as she had.
Elisha still would have been taken care of even without the Shunamite, but as we said before, if that she had not taken care of Elisha, she would never have seen God give them a child, and bring that child to life again when it had died.

If we do not do the will of God in our lives, we will also miss opportunities to see the wondrous works of God.
We need to be ever watching to do the will of God, for if we do not, we may miss something that we really would have rather seen.

I know that this lesson does not exactly match the title yet, so I am going to try to make a little more sense of it.

My point is,
we need to follow God's plan for our lives, and if we do, we will see all of the blessings from God that come with doing His will, but in order to do God's will for us, we cannot be doing God's will for someone else.
If we are doing things that God wants others to do, we cannot do all of the things that God wants us to do.
This does not mean that we should just sit back until there is something that only we can do, it means that we should be always looking for what God wants us to do, and, when we know what God wants us to do, we must do it.
We must do it with all of our might, while remembering to do the other things that God has for us as well, but I will probably talk more about that specifically in the future, but for now, goodbye, have a wonderful Christmas, and a happy new year as well.

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