2 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. 3 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.’ – 1 Chronicles 28:2-3
This desire that David had to build a house for God that was more permanent than the Tabernacle tent was a good thing. Yet, God did not allow him to build it. It reminds me that there are some consequences for things we do in life that can limit our effectiveness for God. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t forgiveness for our failures. Obviously, God forgives when we confess our sin because He promises to do exactly that. It doesn’t mean that forgiveness can undo consequence however. Don’t let that be disappointing to you. David chose to remember the many blessings that God had given him instead of dwelling on the lost opportunity of building the Temple. Accept forgiveness and acknowledge the consequences of sin and then move on to live and praise the Lord.