“It’s not for you, Jen.”

Instead of sitting her down and explaining things properly, everyone just keeps saying, “It’s not for you, Jen.”

1 Chronicles 17:1-27

Reference: “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in. (1 Chronicles 17:4 NIV)

Explore: One of my favourite comedy shows is The IT Crowd. It revolves around two technical assistants in a large organisation and their new manager, Jen. Jen actually doesn’t know anything about computers and it seems that the two techs struggle to communicate their knowledge.

There’s an episode where Jen is trying to broaden her work horizon and puts her hand up for a task she thinks she’d be good at. Everyone who has worked for the organisation for any length of time knows that it’s not a job for a lady. Instead of sitting her down and explaining things properly, everyone just keeps saying, “It’s not for you, Jen.”

These five words have transferred into our every day language. Any time my husband wants to do something, I’ll jokingly say, “It’s not for you, Cam.” If my sister, who is gluten intolerant, goes to eat some bread, we’ll all say, “It’s not for you, Ruth.”

Application: When I am looking at plans for the future I am usually looking for things that I will do, not those that are ‘not for me’. When David made plans to build a sanctuary for the Ark of the Covenant, he was told very plainly, “It’s not for you, David.”

David was gracious and understanding in God’s plan. Unfortunately, I’m not always as obedient.

There have been times when I have really wanted to head in a particular direction, but God has communicated to me, “It’s not for you, Linda.” It’s hard not to dig my heels in, but I know that if it’s not right with God, then it’s not best for me. There are times when God is actually clearer about what we shouldn’t be doing, rather than those things we should be doing.

Prayer: God, help us to understand what You are saying to us and obedient when we hear Your voice. Amen.

Is there something in your life that you should be heading away from, rather than heading towards?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.