Those things which are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
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 26
Focus Verse: All these were descendants of Obed-Edom; they and their sons and their relatives were capable men with the strength to do the work—descendants of Obed-Edom, 62 in all. (8)
God will not give us any work that we are not capable of handling. He would not have blessed us with the gift of life without also giving us the strength to live it.
1 Chronicles 23
Focus Verse: And so the Levites carried out their responsibilities for the tent of meeting, for the Holy Place and, under their relatives the descendants of Aaron, for the service of the temple of the Lord. (32)
The Levites had some serious responsibilities and they were faithful in carrying them out. We too are in the service of the Lord. God has called each of us to serve in some place, some way. Will it be said that we were consistent in carrying out our God-given responsibilities?
1 Chronicles 20
Focus Verse: In another battle with the Philistines, Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod. (5)
God helped David kill the giant Goliath. He helped Elhanan kill Goliath’s brother, Lahmi. In verse 6 of this chapter we read that God helped Jonathan kill a huge man who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. Whatever the name of the giant is that you are facing in your life – be it Fear, Anger, Depression, Poverty or Sickness – God will give you the victory over it if you have faith in Him.
1 Chronicles 17
Focus Verse: And have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also subdue all your enemies. “‘I declare to you that the Lord will build a house for you. (10)
When we try to make things happen on our own without God being with us, our efforts will almost always come to nothing. But when we let God build our house (meaning He gives us success, make us prosperous, and helps us find favor with people), our house will be established forever. Psalm 127:1 says as much: “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.”
Focus Verse: The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob. (2)
“Zion” in this psalm refers to Jerusalem. It is the city of God. When Jesus the Christ returns, He will rule the earth from the city of Jerusalem. Zion has a special place in God’s heart; He loves this city.
It is good to be near God. The nearer we get to Him, the nearer He gets to us. Every step of our Christian journey should bring us closer and closer to God until we arrive in our Father’s home, safe and at rest. Listen to this.