Over the last few weeks, the journey has taken me through 1 Chronicles 20–23. I studied how David began to trust in his own powers rather than trusting God. He felt he could do it himself instead of relying on God. Faith is something we can’t see but the invisible and intangible can be so powerful. We can’t see air yet our life depends on it. We can’t see faith yet it can help us through anything and is the key to life eternal.
Because David’s pride got in his way, God sent an angel to make the numbers smaller so the angel caused a plague that killed 70 thousand of David’s fighting men. David had humility and after he prayed, God showed mercy and allowed healing to take place. There are things we can learn from history and our own experiences that will help in making decisions. The problems we go through in life are not stop signs; they are guidelines and it is during tough times that He provides sure signs of a brighter future.
God spoke to David and He listened. He paid attention to the stop signs and used them as guidelines to help make decisions. David had the ability to step back and prepare for the day for someone to take over the leadership. He began assembling materials for the building of the temple because He knew that it was the next generation who would carry out the work. We may not always see the fruit of our labors but our hard work will set up success for the future as we prepare the next generation to carry out God’s work.
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about the journey through 1 Chronicles 24-27 and 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 24-25
What can be learned from the organizational planning described in these chapters? How can I help cultivate the characteristics of real community with other believers?
1 Chronicles 26-27
List the jobs mentioned in this section. What characteristic did the gatekeepers and stewards possess (26:6-9, 14, 30-32)? Note all the helpers necessary for what David had to do. What tasks has God given you, and what resources has he provided for their completion?
1 Chronicles 28
What are the conditions for success taught here (vv. 7-8)? What resources are provided for Solomon (vv. 11-21)?
1 Chronicles 29
As David’s reign draws to a close, what do you think are his top three or four priorities in life? What is the evidence? What is your attitude about giving of your substance? Of your time and skills?
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.