1 Chronicles 28
Focus Verse: “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. (9)
Sometimes it’s hard to choose just one focus verse! David has lots of wise words to share with his son, Solomon, and with us in this chapter.
In verse 9, David encourages Solomon to always acknowledge God and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind. In all our ways and in all our thoughts, we should acknowledge God. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” What does it mean to acknowledge God in all our ways? USC Professor Dallas Willard writes:
It means that we recognize he is God, and we acknowledge his authority in what we are doing. When I set up a course, or when I undertake to translate something from German into English, or whatever I am doing, writing a paper, composing a book, I expect God to direct me. I expect there to be a movement in my life that is more than me.
God wants us to acknowledge Him. He also wants us to serve Him with our whole hearts and with willing minds. In verse 4 of this chapter, David acknowledges that it was God who made him king over all Israel. In verse 5, he acknowledges that it was God who gave him many sons. In verse 20, David (again) encourages Solomon to “be strong and courageous” because God is with him and will never fail or forsake him.
1 Chronicles 29
Focus Verse: The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly. (9)
As we read in chapter 28, God desires that we serve Him with our whole hearts and with willing minds. God does not force us to give to Him or to witness for Him, He gave us free wills and wants us to do anything that we do for Him willingly. God loves a cheerful giver.
1 Corinthians 15:35-58
Focus Verse: In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (52)
No, we will not sleep forever – meaning, we will not remain dead. But we will rise just as our Lord did. And when we rise, we shall be changed.Our bodies will be imperishable, glorious, powerful and spiritual. We will no longer bear the image of the first man, Adam, but the image of the second man, Jesus the Christ. With this knowledge we should not fear death. With this knowledge we should stand firm in our faith because we know that it is not in vain.