HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God:” 1 Chronicles 22:7
It was in my heart, said King David; but to the desire of the king’s heart, God seemed to answer No. Again and again, this story of the child’s longing — and of the Father’s refusing, has been repeated.
It was in the heart of Trophimus to publish the gospel, but Paul had to leave him at Miletus sick.
It was in the heart of the Macedonians to give a great deal for the poor Jewish saints, but their own poverty restricted their offerings and kept them small.
It was in the heart of John to preach and labour in the busy streets of Ephesus, but Christ imprisoned him on the rough and barren rock in the moaning sea.
On the longing of my heart to serve Him, God may place His distinct and insurmountable veto.
Ah well — but the heart’s wish and prayer reveal what spirit I am and prove me to be His child. And they are pleasing to Him, even if He forbids me to realize them now; He accepts my sincere desires, and He hears and remembers my songs which “left the ground to lose themselves in the sky.” And they will assuredly have their fulfilment, if not at my hands, at someone else’s; if not today, then some other day. By and by His battles will be gained. By and by His Temples will be built.