Saturday, September 3, 2016

September 3 - 1 Chronicles 28

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Chronicles 28. 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 last two chapters of 1 Chronicles we see the transition in leadership from King David to his son Solomon.
  • David told Solomon (and everyone) to obey all of God's commands, and that this was the key to living a blessed life (verse 8). This remains true today.
  • David tells Solomon that "the Lord sees every heart" (verse 9). There is nothing, including our thoughts and motives, that we can hide from God.
  • David does his best to set his son up for success, including giving him specific plans for the building of the temple (see verse 12 for example).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • A few of the instructions David still apply perfectly to us today:
    • "Learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind" (verse 9). The heart of what God is looking for is not our good behavior, but our hearts. He wants us to know and love Him, and to give our lives to Him (as He knows and loves us, and gave His life for us).
    • "The Lord has chosen you to ... Be strong and do the work" (verse 10). You have also been chosen by God. Chosen to have a relationship with Him through faith in Jesus, chosen to play a part in His church through serving according to the gifts He's given you, chosen to represent Him in the world and maybe especially at your job. So ... be strong and do the work.
    • "Don't be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you" (verse 20). It can be easy for us to be afraid or discouraged, but God is with us and He is strong, and that makes all the difference. Knowing and holding on to God can help us overcome our fears and discouragement.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you pursuing intimacy with God? What does that look like for you? How could you make it more of a priority?
  • Are you doing the work God has called you to? Through volunteering in church? Through your job?
  • What fears or discouragement are you battling? In that battle, do you focus on the fact that God is with you and will never fail you? What could help you to do that more?