One of the most extraordinary examples of co-labouring was King David’s idea for a temple. First Kings 8 recounts the building of the temple of Solomon, one of the most significant events in the Bible. At the temple’s dedication, Solomon said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth to my father David, and with His hand has fulfilled it, saying, “Since the day that I brought My people Israel out of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that My name might be there; but I chose David to be over My people Israel.” Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel (1 Kings 8:15–17).
God said, “I didn’t choose a city, I chose a man, and the temple was in the heart of the man.” It’s like He was saying, “The Temple wasn’t my idea. David was my idea.”
Incredible! David’s creativity and desires wrote history because God embraced them. This is absolutely foreign to most of our way of thinking. We wait for instructions and work hard to suppress our own ideas. We think anything we do for God must
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