Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 30, 2015

Seek the Lord your God. Count your blessings. Arise and do your work. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” and “it is God who is at work in you”.

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles chapter 22.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+22&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“11 Now, my son, the Lord be with you that you may be successful, and build the house of the Lord your God just as He has spoken concerning you.  12 Only the Lord give you discretion and understanding, and give you charge over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God.  13 Then you will prosper, if you are careful to observe the statutes and the ordinances which the Lord commanded Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be dismayed.  14 Now behold, with great pains I have prepared for the house of the Lord 100,000 talents of gold and 1,000,000 talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weight, for they are in great quantity; also timber and stone I have prepared, and you may add to them.  15 Moreover, there are many workmen with you, stonecutters and masons of stone and carpenters, and all men who are skillful in every kind of work.  16 Of the gold, the silver and the bronze and the iron there is no limit.  Arise and work, and may the Lord be with you.”

17 David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon, saying, 18 “Is not the Lord your God with you?  And has He not given you rest on every side?  For He has given the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the Lord and before His people.  19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God;  arise, therefore, and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the Lord.”  1 Chronicles 22:11-19.

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We too have work to do for the LORD.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

We too have abundant resources to do our work.  Like David provided all the resources of gold, silver, bronze, iron, timber, stone, and helpers in great abundance for Solomon to do his work (verses 14-16), the LORD has provided all the resources in great abundance for us to do our work.

These words in today’s Scripture, by which David encouraged and exhorted Solomon and all the leaders of Israel, also provide an example for us and can help us too.  First, we seek the LORD by meditating on His Word.  Verses 19 and 13.  Second, we count our blessings.  Verse 18.  Third, we arise and do the work, being strong and courageous through our faith in the LORD.  Verses 19 and 13.  “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7.  “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

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