GROWTH GROUP / PERSONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS
1. In 2 Samuel 7:1-17, David expresses a desire to build a house for God, but God responds differently. Why does God refuse David's request to build a house for Him, and what does this reveal about God's relationship with His people and with David?
2. In verse 13, God promises to establish the throne of David's kingdom forever. How does this promise relate to the Messiah and Jesus in the Christian tradition? What theological implications does this have?
3. In the Babylonian exile, it appears as though God's promise to David had failed. How would you have responded if you were in exile in Babylon? What can Israel's response to God's promise to David teach us?
4. How do the themes of human plans and divine sovereignty play out in 2 Samuel 7:1-17 and the way later books in the bible reflect on this passage? What does this passage teach us about the importance of seeking God's will and trusting in His plans, even when we have our own expectations, ideas and desires?
5. What expectations might you need to let go of to see God's work in your life?