Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 27 – 29
Today’s Reflection: 1 Chronicles 28:20
Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.
Before Solomon was anointed king of Israel, his father King David took the time to ensure everything was in good order for him. David arranged the Levites, the priests, the musicians and singers, gatekeepers and other officials. He gave instruction to the people of Israel, and David gave this final charge to his son regarding the most important task left to him: building the temple of the Lord.
You may not be a king of a great nation building a temple to the Lord, but you are a child of the King of Kings being built into a living temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in (Isaiah 57:15, John 14:16-17). This is the great task for each of us, for it unlocks the power of God in our lives and guides us into our divine destiny—the work God has called each of us to do. David’s instruction to his son gives an outline to what each of us needs to remember and put into action in our own lives:
1) Be strong and courageous. God recognizes that what He asks of you is not easy, or else it wouldn’t require strength and courage. So it’s ok for you to acknowledge it’s hard too, that at times your courage may fail and you may falter, but…
2) Do the work. …Get up and keep on going. Listen for God’s instruction to you and do everything He asks you. Don’t just do part of what God asks of you. Partial obedience is disobedience. Don’t wait until it feels right to do what God asks of you. Delayed obedience is disobedience. Do everything God says, when He says to do it.
3) Don’t be afraid. The Bible uses the word ‘courage’ fewer than 40 times, but it uses the words ‘fear’ and ‘afraid’ hundreds of times. God knew mankind would have a serious fear problem. What God is really asking us here is to remain connected to and rooted in Him, because fear is not a part of our God-given heritage. If we’ve invited God and His love into our hearts fear can be overcome and we are free to use our lives to do His will.
1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
4) God is with you and will not leave you until the work is finished. This is something we often have to be reminded of, for there are times when God feels far away, when complications arise, when His provision, protection and power feel a long way off. But just because God isn’t visible doesn’t mean He isn’t at work. Often when our deliverance finally comes we can clearly see that during the darkest moments in our lives God was at work behind the scenes. Whatever God has called you to, He will see you through.