Happy Friday, my friends.  I was just looking at my bracket and I have 5 of the elite 8 this weekend, with a chance for 3 in the Final Four!!!  Oh, wait, just a March Madness dream…how times have changed. 

Things don’t always go as planned.  And if our ‘happiness’ is dependent upon the fulfillment and realization of our plans, we will end up ‘unhappy’.  But joy is something greater than ‘happiness’, which is so often dependent on circumstances being what we would like them to be.  Joy, a fruit of the spirit, can be ever-present regardless of circumstances, as Christ said, ‘my joy I give to you’.

We are not alone in dealing with a major ‘change of plans’.  David, ‘a man after God’s own heart’, was very excited about building the temple, the dwelling place for God.

Then King David rose to his feet and said: “Hear me my brothers and my people, I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of our God, and I made preparations for building, But God said to me, you may not build a house for my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood”.

I Chronicles 28:2-3

What a major change of plans for David!  How did he respond?  Was he angry, bitter, resentful, pouting, complaining?  No, just the opposite, he adapted and generously contributed where he could! 

Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God, I gave it to the house of my God.

I Chronicles 29:3

David, despite not being the one to build the house, didn’t wallow in disappointment and self-pity, but due to his devotion to God, contributed where he could and did it joyfully.  And his example caused the people of Israel to follow suit and give to the work of the Lord, the construction of the temple.

Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord.  David the king also rejoiced greatly.

I Chronicles 29:9

Biblical history is replete with individuals dealing with a major ‘change of plans’.  May we find joy in these challenging times, helping where we can as fellow members in the Body of Christ.

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