Sunday, August 14, 2016

August 14 - 1 Chronicles 22

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Chronicles 22. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In the previous chapter we saw David sin when, in pride, he took a census to glory in his own strength. There were consequences, and they ended at the property of a man named Araunah. David bought that property, and here we see David arranging for the temple to be built on that land.
  • In verses 2-3 we see David's generosity towards God. The Bible tells us that all the money we have comes from God and belongs to God, and our first responsibility with it is to give some back to God. When we give to Him, we worship Him. That's what we see David doing.
  • David's son Solomon is about to become king but is still young (verse 5). We don't know exactly know his age, but he probably became king at about 20 years old.
  • David let Solomon know he was to build the temple, and why (verses 11-16), and he puts people in place to assist Solomon in this project (verses 17-19).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Out of David's sin came a plot of land that would become the location of God's temple. The Bible tells us, in Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose." If we surrender our lives in love to Him, God is at work in "all things" in our lives. He can even bring something good out of our sin. So when you sin, you need to take it seriously, you need to confess and repent, but you don't need to feel like it disqualifies you from being used by God.
  • David prepared his son for the future, explaining, and seeking to equip him for, God's purpose. In the same way, we who are parents are called to teach our kids and give them a godly foundation to build their lives on. We are to help them understand God's purpose for them and equip them to live it out.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Think of some of the things you're most ashamed of. (Because they're so fun to think about!) Take some time to pray, asking God to make good out of these bad moments in your life.
  • If you are a parent, how are you preparing your kids for the future? What instruction do you give them in living a godly life, that will give them the best life here and now, and an eternity in Heaven later? Do you make them praying and learning the Bible and going consistently to church/children's ministry/student ministry a priority (even above school, homework, sports, activities)? If you don't help them make God their top priority now, why do you think they would make God their top priority later? And it is very clear in the Bible that God will accept no position in our lives except the top spot, so that what you should want for your kids.
    • What changes do you need to make to reprioritize and better prepare your kids for their future with God and living out God's purpose for them?