Tag Archives: 1 Chronicles

Leadership In Giving

1 Chronicles 29:3 – In addition, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, seeing that I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, I give it to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,

David was an extraordinary leader, and continually demonstrated his heart for God in everything that he did. It was his vision to see a temple for God’s glory to be built – but the Lord made it clear that it would be Solomon, not David who built it.

Yet David not only prepared all the resources that would be needed for the temple, but he also donated his own treasure of gold and silver to the temple as well! Why? Because his affection was set on the house of God.

Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). We want our heart to be caught up in the kingdom of God! We can start to pull our affections and hearts into the kingdom, by sowing into the kingdom! 

Great Imaginations

1 Chronicles 29:18 – Yahweh, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of your people, and prepare their heart to you;

At the dedication of the new temple – Solomon prays this prayer – that God would keep the temple forever in the imagination of the hearts of the people. 

Imagination is an amazing tool that has been given to us by God.  Imagination and faith are linked – because to imagine is to perceive something that does not yet exist, to dream about something that has not yet come to pass!  It is a tool that can either drive us toward God or drive us away from Him. 

There are great imaginations and there are vain imaginations.  The building of God’s house is a great imagination and leads to the preparation of a person’s heart toward God. 

But the building of our own dreams/empires simply creates strongholds and vain imaginations (2 Corinthians 10:5) which end up exalting themselves against the knowledge of God. 

Spend your life imagining how to ‘build his temple’.  How your life can become useful in God’s plans!  That’s where the greatest imaginations are!

How To Be Strong, Wise And Influential

1 Chronicles 5:24-25 [These were] mighty men of valor, famous men, heads of their fathers` houses. They trespassed against the God of their fathers, and played the prostitute after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God destroyed before them.

They may have been ‘mighty men of valor’ – but according to who?  Contrast this with Gideon, whom God called a ‘mighty man of valor’ (Judges 6:12).  He was the least of the least, but through Him God led Israel to great victory.

Paul alludes to this concept in 1 Corinthians 1:25-27.  He calls the Corinthians to look back to when God called them, and remember that not many of them were wise, mighty or noble according to the flesh.  Then he concludes that God chooses the weak things and despised things to put to shame the strong.

There are two things we can learn from this verse.  Firstly, our security should not come from being surrounded by those the world perceives to be wise, strong and influential – for in fact it is these people who are the most likely to lead us away from the simplicity of devotion to Christ.  They put their trust in their own resources and abilities, and encourage us to do the same. 

Secondly, it’s important to understand that whatever strength was to our advantage before we came to Christ is likely to be a weakness when it comes to following Him.  If we possess great natural wisdom, it’s easier for us to lean on this than to hunger and seek after the wisdom that comes from above.  The same can be said for natural strength and the power of influence. 

When we rely on who we are and what we can do, we become limited to the extent of our own resources.  But the more we rely on who God is and what He can do, the more we tap into the limitless expanse of His resources.  It’s then we start to really become strong, wise and influential!!

So today ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make Your paths straight’

Understanding The Times

1 Chronicles 12:32 – Of the children of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brothers were at their commandment.

After the death of Saul, the Lord began to establish David as king over all Israel.  In this chapter of 1 Chronicles, we see the willing ones out of the various tribes of Israel coming and submitting to David as king.  The Lord adds day by day to David’s number until there is a great host. 

Within this list of tribes, the children of Issachar are singled out – described as men who ‘had understanding of the times’ and who ‘knew what Israel ought to do’. Unlike the other tribes, the heads of Issachar came to David and pledged the allegiance of the entire tribe. They were the only tribe to do this – all the rest came with only partial support. 

The children of Issachar have something to teach us today.  Firstly they understood the season they were in – they perceived that God was raising up David as His chosen king.  Secondly, they knew what to do about it – so they gave him their full allegiance.  They were wholehearted and uncompromising.

The wisdom of the world teaches us to hedge our bets – to ‘put our eggs in different baskets’.  This is because the world doesn’t know the season they live in, nor do they know what to do. 

In contrast, God wants his church to be full of those who ‘understand the times’ and ‘know what to do’.  In this is the power to live uncompromising lives and to throw our full weight and support behind the plans and purposes of God.  To live with hope and confidence because the promise of God is a rock that will not be shaken. 

Pray today that God will help you not only understand the times we live in, but also show you the path He wants you to walk.  Your power and direction comes from knowing the plans of God – for sure!