Old Testament In a Year: August 25 – 1 Chronicles 28, 29

1 Chronicles 28, 29
Focus Verse: Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” – 1 Chronicles 28:20

Too many people give up in the great work they are commissioned to do for God because they have no one to tell them that they are not alone in doing that great work.

If you have been given a job to do for God, please know that God will be with you as you do that job. He will not leave you to work alone. He will not forsake you to finish the work by yourself. Even though you may be young and inexperienced and the job may be great, you do not have to be afraid and you do not have to be dismayed. The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob will be with you and will help you. The God of David and Solomon will be with you and will help you.

Whatever the work is that you have to do, “be strong and courageous and do it.”

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Old Testament In a Year: August 24 – 1 Chronicles 26, 27

1 Chronicles 26, 27
Focus Verse: These divisions of the gatekeepers, corresponding to their chief men, had duties, just as their brothers did, ministering in the house of the Lord. – 1 Chronicles 26:12

In the kingdom of God, everyone has a duty to do, a role to perform, a part to play.

There are no sidelines to sit on. It’s all in, on the field. Serving. Helping. Giving. Ministering. What is it that you’re supposed to be doing to help God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven?

Old Testament In a Year: August 23 – 1 Chronicles 23, 24, 25

1 Chronicles 23, 24, 25
Focus Verse: The number of them along with their brothers, who were trained in singing to the Lord, all who were skillful, was 288. – 1 Chronicles 25:7

The sons and daughters of Heman were skillful in singing and music, and they used their skill to serve God.

Everyone is skillful in something. It may be teaching or painting or writing or athletics or cooking, but whatever it is, it should be used in service to God. Don’t think that what you are good at is less than what someone else is good at. All gifts, talents, and skills come from God and He desires to use all of them in the work of His Kingdom.

What are you skillful at? Are you using your skill for God?

Old Testament In a Year: August 22 – 1 Chronicles 20, 21, 22

1 Chronicles 20, 21, 22
Focus Verse: Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. – 1 Chronicles 21″1

Satan is always inciting us to do the things that God does not want us to do. This is why we are told to “put on the whole armour of God” that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

When we are tempted to do wrong, we should ask God to give us the strength to resist the devil and the courage to flee from all temptation, instead of listening to the devil as David did in this instance.

God will never let us be tempted more than we can bear. When we are tempted, He will always provide a way for us to escape that temptation. It is up to us, however, to take the way of escape that He provides.

Old Testament In a Year: August 21 – 1 Chronicles 17, 18, 19

1 Chronicles 17, 18, 19
Focus Verse: Now, therefore, thus shall you say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel.’ – 1 Chronicles 17:7

When David was just a young shepherd boy, God took notice of him and decided to elevate him from watching sheep in the pasture to being prince over His people Israel. David didn’t achieve this high status through any merit of his own. It was completely by God’s divine grace and purpose that he became a mighty warrior and beloved king, whose name and deeds are still remembered and read about today.

The humble condition or obscure place that you may be in today, does not determine the place or position God has for you in the future. Trust His purpose to elevate you. Let His divine grace lead you.

Old Testament In a Year: August 16 – 1 Chronicles 16; Psalms 42, 44

1 Chronicles 16; Psalms 42, 44
Focus Verse: Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. – Psalm 42:11

With all the hardships and problems that we go through and that others go through in life, it is easy for our souls to be cast down. With the unrelenting darkness that seems to permeate everything, it’s easy for our minds to be in turmoil and our hearts to be conflicted.

Sometimes, it seems like we cry more than we smile. There is more sadness in our lives than there is joy; more uncertainty, less assurance; more fear, less faith; more pressure, less peace.

We are familiar with stories in the Bible where God worked miracles for His people. He showed Joseph favor. He parted the Red Sea and brought the Israelites out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. He gave David victory and gave Solomon wisdom. He gave Ruth a family and an inheritance. He gave Esther courage.

God always seemed to hear the prayers of figures in the Bible. He always seemed to be at work in their lives. He always seemed to be near to deliver them when they were in distress. He always seemed to work everything out for their good. But when it comes to our lives, God seems distant. We pray, but don’t get an answer. We call, but receive no response.

This doesn’t mean that God isn’t at work in your life. He is.

Hold on and hope in Him. He will finish the work He began. He will work everything out for your good.

Old Testament In a Year: August 15 – 1 Chronicles 13, 14, 15

1 Chronicles 13, 14, 15
Focus Verse: And he went up to Baal-perazim, and David struck them down there. And David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like a bursting flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. – 1 Chronicles 14:11

Before going to fight against his enemies, David consulted with God and got His assurance that he would defeat them. After defeating them, he didn’t take the credit for his victory. David said, “God has broken through my enemies.” He realized that even though the actual fighting was done by him and his men, it was God who gave them the power, strength, and ability to be victorious.

Because of Christ, we are assured of having the final victory in every battle that we fight, every obstacle that we face, and every hardship that we go through.

When we experience that promised victory, let’s remember to credit God as David did.

Old Testament In a Year: August 14 – 1 Chronicles 10, 11, 12

1 Chronicles 10, 11, 12
Focus Verse: So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. – 1 Chronicles 10:13

As believers, if we break faith with God and stop believing what we know to be true and no longer keep the commands that we know to be right, we too will experience death.

God is the source and giver of life. When we are separated from Him, we will not only eventually experience physical death, but we will immediately experience spiritual death. When we are spiritually dead, God’s Word no longer makes sense to us; we are unable to trust Him; we cannot believe His promises; and we are powerless to do good things.

If we break faith with God, however, God is able to reunite us to Himself. He does not hesitate to welcome back prodigal daughters and sons. If we return to Him, He will return to us. He will resurrect us from spiritual death and restore us to abundant life.

Old Testament In a Year: August 13 – 1 Chronicles 7, 8, 9

1 Chronicles 7, 8, 9
Focus Verse: Some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they were required to count them when they were brought in and taken out. – 1 Chronicles 9:28

Even though all Levites had religious duties for which they were responsible, not all Levites could be responsible for the highest duty – that of being priest. Some had to be responsible for lesser duties – that of being gatekeepers, or of having to count utensils, or of taking care of furniture, or of mixing spices, or of making flat cakes.

Regardless of how unimportant their task seemed, each was necessary for the temple to be operated completely and smoothly.

Your role in God’s Kingdom may not seem significant. You may not be a pastor or a worship leader or a missionary, but everything that you do for God – no matter how small it is – is necessary for His will to be carried out on earth as it is in Heaven.