Monday, May 14, 2012
Welcome to Day 134 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 22; 1 Chronicles 23; 1 Chronicles 24; 1 Thessalonians 3 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Chronicles 22:7 “David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the Lord my God. 8 But this word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. 9 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. 10 He is the one who will build a house for my Name.”
v 22:2-29:20 This is the longest section about David’s life in the Bible and is found only in Chronicles. The history of how David completed temple preparations begins and ends with descriptions of royal assemblies. (Reformation Study Bible)
1 Chronicles 23:32, “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.”
1 Chronicles 24 (More of the same…)
Reflecting on yesterday’s post about the famine on the earth (they believed) was caused by offenses of Saul’s house. David was not permitted to build the temple because he was a man of war. His son Solomon was to be a man of peace and rest. David had shed too much blood on the earth.” However literally one might take that, whether “ON the earth” or simply “on the earth” it prevented him from building the temple… even though David was a great worshiper, his warring outweighed his worship in this regard.
I am wondering what I may have done over the course of my life that may prevent me from accomplishing a task that might be in my heart? What might one of my children (or someone else) have to finish?
I am quite content, at this point in my life, to see where this journey takes me. I want what God has for me. No more, no less. I have already been used in greater ways than I ever thought possible.
I have had many words given in recent years about having greater impact on our city and extending His kingdom… impacting the nations, etc.
Time will tell.
The key is to not try to “make” it happen. I am more of the “let it happen” mindset at this point in my life.
As Doug prayed many years ago, “Lord, I’ll take the next open door.” (Not that every open door is the Lord opening it…) I have lots of open doors I could walk through… I want the ones HE is opening… for me.
My prayer this morning is for you… as Paul prayed in 1 Thessalonians 3:12,
“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”