God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV) Back in the 12th century there was a monk by the name of Bernard of Clairvaux. He was asked by a friend to write a book on humility. Bernard said he didn’t know enough about humility...
“The Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house.” 2 Samuel 7:11
David had said to God, “I will build a house for you.” But God said to David, “No, I will build a house for you” (7:11). God was not referring, of course, to a building of bricks and mortar, but to a line of descent that would continue.
David wanted to build the temple and he didn’t get to do it. Here we have what God says when you don’t get to do what you wanted to do! “You wanted to build a house for me. I will build a house for you.”
Solomon got to build the temple, and it stood in all its magnificence for about 400 years and then it was destroyed. David and Solomon have been in the presence of Jesus for centuries. How much do you think it matters to David in the presence of Jesus that Solomon got to build the temple and not he? Any tears that David shed over that are long since wiped from his eyes.
The answer to the bucket list of all the things you were not able to do in this life is that you have an eternal future with Christ in glory. However hard the calling you face, God says to you, in the light of the resurrection: “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58).
Reflect on one or two hopes and/or regrets you have in this life in light of your eternal future with Christ.