Day 125

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I Chronicles 29:1-22; I Kings 1:1-53
Gary Jewell; Journey Group, Marriage Mentor, Usher

So what can I take away from these lessons of history that the Lord wants to teach me so I better understand His purpose for me?

Okay – so I see this divided nation (Israel & Judah) being ruled by the old warrior, King David, who was chosen by God to lead and now is in his sunset years. And I see his estate up for grabs! But David has already decided at least one thing concerning his estate. He gives back, for the building of the temple, what is rightfully the Lord’s anyway (how about 110 tons of gold, 260 tons of silver, on top of everything else he had already freely given). Good thinking!

Lesson 1: Everything I have belongs to the Lord, so I shouldn’t have a tight grasp on my possessions. If I follow this lesson, I might be an example to others as David was. When they saw what David gave for the temple, they gave as well (190 tons of gold, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, 3,750 tons of iron). Wow! Now that’s letting go of some mighty fine stuff! No wonder David was a man after God’s own heart!

Secondly- I see David’s children (first Absolom in prior chapters and now Adonijah) declaring leadership rights over a nation, not just a family! And God didn’t ask them to do that! I know what my earthly father would have said of me had I tried to rule without his approval. So I can only imagine what the Lord had to say of Adonijah trying to usurp his authority over a nation. I see the results of what had happened to his older brother Absolom and now to Adonijah and I think it’s called “slow to learn life’s lessons.” Like many families, as in mine, the mold of wrong doing needs to be broken and that most often requires us to seek the will of the Lord and allow it to emerge in us.

Lesson 2: So let it begin with me to seek God’s will in the things I do.

Finally, Solomon was God’s approved person to take on the next responsibilities (leading a nation & building a temple) per God’s direction. There is nothing like being an “approved worker” (2 Tim 2:15) for the Lord and hopefully always remaining there. Aren’t we all called to be an “approved worker?” Yes we are!

Lesson 3: Be an approved worker for the Lord.

As a side note worth considering: both Absolom & Adonijah were really handsome and relied heavily on that physical attribute to influence others, but lacked good, Godly character, leading to their demise.

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5 responses »

  1. Thanks Gary,

    You pulled some thought provoking lessons out of todays reading.

    In addition my focus was brought to the following verses;

    1 Chronicles 29:17-19 (NIV)
    17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 18 Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you. 19 And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided.”

    I like the fact that David’s prayer didn’t ask for God to grant power, victory or riches or even for the establishment of Solomon’s kingdom. What he asks for is for God to make the people of Israel and Solomon always want to obey the Lord. This kind of heart attitude is a gift from the Lord and with it success and prosperity come secondary.

  2. Both Absolom and Adonijah were loved by their father and by You, Father. But that was not enough for them. They wanted to force their way into places that were not intended for them. They wanted to glorify themselves in the eyes of the people and take on roles for which You, Lord, had not equipped them. On a much smaller scale, yet none less full of sin, how often have I coveted someone else’s anointing. Have I tried to force myself into places for which You have not equipped me? Thank You that You have a special place for me to serve, a special gift that You have given me. It may not look like someone else’s gift but it is just as important in Your greater plan. Thank You that I am equipped to show forth Your glory in a unique way to draw others to You. For that, Father I am grateful and satisfied.
    I am reminded of a time that my pastor was gathering and networking area pastors to promote unity. A series of luncheons was planned to that end. They needed pies. Now, I have no anointing to speak to or network pastors but I CAN make pies! Though my part seemed insignificant, I felt truly connected to that effort from the kitchen. Thank You, Father, that, in You, nothing is wasted and everyone has a starring role in Your eyes.

    • Cindy, I thank the Lord daily for the “special gift” He gave you. Thank you for heeding his calling in your life. Thank you for always sharing from your heart and giving me “nuggets” of truth to contemplate. May the Lord, our God, continue to Bless you!

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