Valuable lessons have been learned in my journey through 1 Chronicles. In 1 Chronicles 1-6, I read the genealogical records and the thought come to mind that everyone’s life matters. That theme was continued in 1 Chronicles 1-11. Our God is a God of order and when everyone understands that they have a duty and makes a business of it, everything runs smooth.
Each day with God can be an adventure if we have a zest for what we do and do it to praise Him. Whatever we do throughout our day to fulfill our role, we should give glory to Him. It might be washing dishes, repairing a machine, selling a product, growing a crop, or raising a family.
Whatever we do, leadership is needed while we perform our daily roles and David gives us a good example of one who was a good leader. He demonstrated faith, applied that faith as the Lord guided, had a pleasing personality whose followers bought into a plan, and made sure he was surrounded with good team members.
Another person I read about over the last few weeks was Saul. In 1 Chronicles 10, He was unfaithful to the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance. This personal choice affected the whole kingdom because God was no longer with Israel. Leaders should not provoke God by going somewhere else for advice but inquire for guidance and give glory to Him for success. Long term success is dependent on persistent spiritual growth or learning about the God of the Bible and applying our faith.
Our great Counselor is the Holy Spirit. We are blessed each day with God’s Word which is good for the body and soul; providing lessons that can be applied to life. These lessons can be used along with the power of prayer to talk to God, listen for plans, and ask for help in carrying them out.
It’s good to ask questions and reflect. As I continue the journey through the book of 1 Chronicles, I will use the questions below to help focus on each passage. Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of these questions. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
1 Chronicles 12
Why do all twelve tribes of Israel choose to serve David (v. 18)? What abilities do the various soldiers have which will be useful to David? What gifts do you have to use in the service of your King? What God-given ability or personal experience can I offer to my church?
1 Chronicles 13-14
How did David go about directing his first official act as king? How did David make decisions and plan out strategies?
1 Chronicles 15:1-16:6
Who are commissioned to bring the ark to Jerusalem? What implications can you see here for the worship of God?
1 Chronicles 16:7-43
What do the verbs in verses 8-12 show about the various aspects of worship? What reasons are given here for praising God? Think of some of the Lord’s “marvelous deeds” which you have personally experienced, and take some time to give him thanks for them.
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.