Thursday, February 9, 2017

Just Do It

O. T. #923 "Just Do It"
Feb. 9, 2017
1 Chronicles 28-Part 3


We have been reading David's last words and works. He gave Israel's leaders and next king principles to guide them through life.
Life Application Study Bible explains them:
  1. Get to know God personally.
  2. Learn God's commands and discover what He wants you to do.
  3. Worship God with wholehearted devotion.
  4. Serve God with a willing mind.
  5. Be faithful.
  6. Don't become discouraged.
Already have we discussed the first four. David made it clear that God had chosen and commissioned Solomon; it was not his doings. Solomon was not the first born son of David. Neither was David a son of Saul.

So David gave to Solomon the pattern, plans, divine blueprint of the new Tabernacle, its sections and buildings, and furnishings with details, even the weight and composition of gold and silver. In verse 19, David said, the LORD made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.

Was the pattern David's invention or imagination? Nooo sir. However, these Temple plans were different from the first Tabernacle in Moses' day.

Are our words given to us in writing from the hand of the Lord? Yes, it is His Holy Word, the Bible. I find it so amazing that it has been preserved all these years so you and I can read it, study it, and use it as a guide for our Christian life. It is the living Word of God, folks. (Jesus is risen and alive and our Living Savior.) Can I get an amen?


Oooh, has this been a good chapter! Now David gives one final admonishment to Solomon, as God gave to Joshua, when he became Israel's new leader after Moses.

Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

Yeah buddy! Who does not need to hear that encouragement when down?
Dear ones, God does not fail us nor forsake us yet, and according to Deuteronomy 31:6 and according to the experience of Linda and you. Has He? It is me that forsakes His plans.

Just do it. Whatever the "it" is that God has purposed and instructed us to do today. Be encouraged and enthusiastic and faithful. Give Him control and watch Him work.

One more thing-Solomon would not be working alone. The priests, Levites, prices, and people would help by wholly being at his command. Yep, things were soon going to be buzzing in Jerusalem, and not saws either.

There are the challenges David laid out. The question is, are we going to heed them? I hope this has encouraged you as much as it has me.


Be strong and of good courage.

Fear not nor be dismayed.

God won't fail me nor forsake me.

Finish the work God has for me.

Just do it.

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