Sometimes You’re Just Not The Guy

(Today’s post by Chris Queen)

1 Chronicles 28

passing-the-batonDavid had it all. He was a skilled warrior, a talented musician, and above all, he was King of God’s chosen people. God referred to him as a man after God’s own heart. So it stands to reason that God would choose David to build the permanent temple where the Israelites would worship.

Right? Wrong.

God had other plans. He wanted one of David’s descendants to be the one to build the temple. Needless to say, this disappointed David, but he understood.

Near the end of his life he explained to the leaders of Israel what God had in store, and that’s where we come to 1 Chronicles 28:

2 King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelites, my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. 3 But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’

4 “Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel. 5 Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. 6 He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. 7 I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’

As the chapter unfolds we see David giving Solomon the plans and charging him to remain both faithful and courageous. David gracefully handed the reigns over to his son.

You see, sometimes you’re just not the guy to do what God wants. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve faced disappointment when the plans I had to serve God didn’t quite go the way I wanted them to. I’ve worked on someone trying to reach them for Jesus, only to discover someone else finishing the drill.

If you’re feeling disappointed or disillusioned because the thing you thought was supposed to be your assignment from God isn’t, take comfort in knowing that you planted a seed, you laid a foundation, you began the groundwork for what God accomplished through someone else.

It doesn’t matter if any of us get the glory. God is the one who deserves the glory, and when He’s glorified, we all win.

Hummingbirds and Distractions

(Today’s post by Adam Cooper)

1 Chronicles 23-24

hummingbirdI sit down in the morning and try to convene with God before I have to run Samantha, my daughter, off to school. This is not the only time during the day I try to sit down with God but it has become a good quick way of saying good morning to our Lord and Savior. This morning He said good morning to me. As I sat with the door to our back porch open trying to read a brief devotional I hear a small chirp. I look up to see a hummingbird hovering just outside the door looking at me. Not drinking from the feeder a foot away but looking at me. I watched as it hovered there, pure amazing grace in flight, wings flapping mightily. It finally decided to take a drink of what for it is life sustaining water; delicate, graceful, and elegant. And then it was off, flying so quickly it is nearly impossible to focus on it. The Hummingbird is one of God’s smallest creatures yet it moves with a speed and precision mankind envies. As I continued to try to study this little bird came back again… and again…. until another hummingbird dove in quickly and chased it away.

I can’t help but think about how this relates to us as believers. We try to meet with God and drink from His life giving water only to be distracted or chased away by the things of this world. How many times have I sat down with the intention of meeting with God and drinking from His word only to be distracted by the text or phone call or email that could have waited until later?

In 1 Chronicles 23-24 we are shown an entire lineage of men who were dedicated to the service of God: the Levites. These men were to do everything that needed to be done for the worship of God within Jerusalem. When the Tabernacle was the main meeting place of God these men actually carried and set-up and broke down the tabernacle every time they stopped so that God could dwell among the people within the Tabernacle. Now that Solomon was building the Lord a Temple to dwell in within Jerusalem the duties of these men turned towards the upkeep and service of the house of God. It is very simple to talk about these men; it is quite another feat to understand the life of these men. Everything they were was to be dedicated to the service of God and His house. Everything. They were not to farm, they were not to do anything other than care for the house of the Lord. Their food came from the food offerings made: “The Levitical priests–indeed, the whole tribe of Levi–are to have no allotment or inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the food offerings presented to the LORD, for that is their inheritance. Deuteronomy 18:1 (NIV).” These men were lifetime servants of God with no inheritance other than their service.

How can we apply this truth to our lives? Do we see this example with modern men of God? Men who dedicate every ounce of their being to the service of God? I would say in some instances we do. But there are many who falter. Many who fall away and get diverted from their true purpose by the wiles of Satan and his minions; chased away from the life-saving water much like that small hummingbird. These men were not perfect in their faith and duties and neither are we expected to be. I think that is a big problem with believers today; they feel as if they must be perfect and when they are not they let the enemy destroy their confidence in their salvation by preying on their weaknesses. As we witness the deaths of Christians to radical extremist groups throughout the world I am touched by the sacrifice these modern day martyrs have made. They have truly sacrificed EVERYTHING they are to God. I am sure that these martyrs also were not perfect in their faith but they were perfected in their sacrifice. As Christians we must believe and have faith that Jesus’ sacrifice was perfect and complete. In all of our imperfections we are forgiven because of Christ’s blood. We are not expected to live like the Levites; relying on others for our food and sustenance. But we are expected to strive to live like Jesus: to love God and love people.

 

Sunday Sermon // King of Losers : Jesus Feeds 5000

King of Losers // Jesus Feeds 5000

[Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]

If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. (‭Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭39‬ NLT)

Following Jesus sometimes makes me feel uncomfortable. Jesus calls us to be compassionate and to reach out to people in need. And that is uncomfortable.

And when we watch the nightly news we see just how bad things are..and things look too broken to be fixed. And when we see poverty and injustice it just seems too big for us to make an impact.

 

  • Some obstacles seem too big to overcome.

As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭14‬:‭13-16‬ NLT)

  • Obstacles:
  • Resources – they didn’t have enough food to feed 5000 people, but they did have something (five loves and two fish).

Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the LORD our God. (‭Psalms‬ ‭20‬:‭7‬ NLT)

  • Time – we fill every second of our calendars with work, events and entertainment.

So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. (‭Nehemiah‬ ‭6‬:‭15‬ NLT)

  • Location – they were in a remote location and felt like there was no way to meet the peoples needs from there.

Maybe you feel like you are in a spiritually remote place. You feel far from God. And you feel like you can’t possibly help someone ELSE, when you feel like YOU are the one who needs help.

BUT God is WITH US!

“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭17‬:‭27-28‬ NLT)

But if I do what I can, I will see what God does.


  • Jesus asks us to do the impossible.

“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” (‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭9-12‬ NLT)

Jesus has asks us to do something even more impossible than feeding 5000 people. He asks us to feed the Bread of Life to the entire world.

And if I do what I can, I will see what God does.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭20-21‬ NLT)

Our God is strong. Our God is victorious. Our God is the author and perfector of our faith. Let’s believe in the One who CAN do the impossible through us!

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