2 Chronicles 1
Focus Verse: Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great. (1)
Solomon wasn’t great because he was David’s son. He wasn’t great because of his own hard work or ingenuity. Solomon was great because God made him great.
2 Chronicles 2
Focus Verse: “The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. (5)
If our God is greater, shouldn’t all that we do for Him be great too? For too long, Christian work (especially when it comes to creative arts), has been labeled as mediocre, boring, and less than. Everything that Christians do should be excellent, not to receive honor from people, but because we are doing it for God and because of God. Christians should be some of the most creative souls on earth. Francis Schaeffer said, “The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.” We should be able to dream great things and then bring those great dreams into existence.
2 Chronicles 3
Focus Verse: He adorned the temple with precious stones. And the gold he used was gold of Parvaim. (6)
When David gave Solomon the plans for the temple, 1 Chronicles 28:12 says “he gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind.” David did not think up on his own how the temple would be decorated and designed. He got the plans from God. All the details listed in this chapter of the pure gold, precious stones, cherubim, and pomegranates, etc., were given by God. In Art and the Bible, Francis Schaeffer wrote about this verse (6): “The temple was covered with precious stones for beauty. There was no pragmatic reason for the precious stones. They had no utilitarian purpose. God simply wanted beauty in the temple. God is interested in beauty.”
1 Corinthians 16
Focus Verse: Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. (13)
Here it is again. First, Moses told Joshua; then, Joshua told the Israelites; and then, David told Solomon. Now Paul is telling the Corinthians (and us) – be strong and courageous. Those who are followers of Jesus the Christ should not live fear-filled lives because God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love.