After reviewing the section “Finding Self” in my booklet (autobiography) called He Leadeth Me (p. 20) about two weeks ago, I realized I should contact Thomas Jackson in regarding his past interest in opening a similar facility (like M.E.E.T. Ministry) on the West Coast. However, this was during the time when Thomas Jackson was in the ICU in London after a cardiac arrest. So I found myself waiting to find the right time to connect with him. As of now, I understand he is still recuperating. In the meantime, after reading various reports on how his health was improving on M.E.E.T. Ministry’s Facebook page, I decided to send a message to the person who is running this page. Yes, you can say it was an impulsive move! I usually create a business letter to contact an organization as such (may it be a profit or non-profit organization). But this time, I decided to just share what I had known for all these years so that the administration at M.E.E.T. Ministry can discuss the possibility.
This morning, I found myself reading 2 Samuel 7. Why this chapter? It was the scripture assigned to the read-the-Bible-within-two-years journey that the previous pastor of Apison SDA Church, may he rest in peace, had started with the church. The following is the Bible study I had done this morning:
David Desires to Build a Temple
Read 2 Samuel 7
- David shared his desire to build a temple for the ark of God
- Nathan, at first, says “Go do all that is in thine heart…” but, after God spoke to Nathan that night, Nathan had to take back his original words and share with David what God had revealed to him (v. 3-17)
- David’s response: v. 18-29
- He shared with God his condition and how God had revealed the future to him (v. 18-21)
- He reminded himself of what God has already done (v. 23, 24)
- He desired God to grant what God had said He was going to establish (v. 25) that God’s name may be magnified forever (v. 26)
- David mentions again how God had revealed the future to him (v. 27). Because of this revelation, David had found in his heart to pray this type of prayer (v. 18-29). David was “okay” with the “no, I’m giving the job to someone else.”
Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 712, 713
- “David knew that it would be an honor to his name and would bring glory to his government to perform the work that he had purposed in his heart to do, but he was ready to submit his will to the will of God.”
- “How often do those who have passed the strength of manhood cling to the hope of accomplishing some great work upon which their hearts are set, but which they are unfitted to perform! God’s providence may speak to them, as did His prophet to David, declaring that the work which they so much desire is not committed to them. It is theirs to prepare the way for another to accomplish it. But instead of gratefully submitting to the divine direction, many fall back as if slighted and rejected, feeling that if they cannot do the one thing which they desire to do, they will do nothing.”
- While vainly clinging to “accomplish a work for which they are insufficient,” what “which they might do” is left neglected.
- Because of lack of co-operation on their part, the greater work is hindered or frustrated.
Personal Testimony: Years ago, I had desired to help Thomas Jackson (director of M.E.E.T. Ministry) to open up a smaller scale of M.E.E.T. in California. I have recently shared this concept to a staff member through Facebook. Desiring to help, I shall put this desire in God’s hands. As of now, the administration will be looking over this idea.
Update: While typing this blog, the person over M.E.E.T. Ministry’s Facebook page messaged me through Facebook to let me know they will be sending me something by email. In the meantime, I will not hold my breath. Instead, I will continue to do things I can do right in front of me. :)