I'll Make You a House (2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16)
How are you supposed to control a God like that—an unpredictable God, who's always showing up at the most inopportune moments? If I could just get God to stay in one place, then at least I’d know where God was when I needed something, and where I should avoid being when I didn’t want to see God.
David wants to build God a house, domesticate God. David wants to keep an eye on God, do away with the surprises and outbursts, maintain a little control. But God’s having none of it. God refuses to be placed in a box, put on a leash, available at our beck and call. The Spirit moves, the wind blows where it will.
That can be either good news or bad news, depending on where you happen to be standing when you hear it.