1 Chronicles 28: 8 “So now, with God as our witness, and in the sight of all Israel—the Lord’s assembly—I give you this charge. Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.” (NLT)
Extended reading: 1 Chronicles 28
We are closing in on the end of Year 2010. Very soon, we will start a brand new year. When we look back at the year that was, what do we see? How do we take stock of the situation? How did we fare? What did we achieve? What did we not achieve? What could we do? What can we do?
King David of Israel achieved a lot. Julius Caesar’s famous quote, “Veni, vidi, vici” which means “I came, I saw, I conquered” could actually be King David’s slogan. (But he wouldn’t because he gave all glory to the God who enabled him to get success.)
So David, after all his victories, settled down and builds a house for himself. He also decides to build a temple for God (1 Chronicles 17: 1-4). But God tells him no!
1 Chronicles 28: 2, 3 reads: ” David rose to his feet and said: “My brothers and my people! It was my desire to build a temple where the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, God’s footstool, could rest permanently. I made the necessary preparations for building it, but God said to me, ‘You must not build a temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.’”
God allows David’s son to build the temple – verse 6 – “He [God] said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and its courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son, and I will be his father.”
But God does not sign blank checks (or cheques). He continues, “And if he (Solomon) continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.” (verse 7).
So David passes on the responsibility to his son, “So now, with God as our witness, and in the sight of all Israel—the Lord’s assembly—I give you this charge. Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.” (Verse 8).
David made the contract public, reminding everybody about God’s promise – “If he (Solomon) continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.” (Verse 7)
At this time as we say our good-byes to 2010 and usher in 2011. As the old passes and the new comes. For a lot of us, one thing is for sure – we have no clue to what to expect! We don’t even know if it is going to be a good year or a bad one. Maybe some of us have gone through (or are going through) some tough situations already and the prospect of getting into the new year with all those problems is not very appealing.
But God says, “If you continue to obey my commands and regulations as you do now, I will make your kingdom last forever [or I will give you success in all you put your mind to.]”
Are you ready?
What do I pray?
Lord, I thank You for helping all this while. You have been with me in all my circumstances. I have tasted success and I have been let down in failure. But You have always been with me. Help me to live my life according to what You have called me to be. Fulfill your destiny in me. Help me live my life for your glory. In Jesus’ name.
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