King David’s word to his son, Solomon, is a word upon which we can hang our hopes, dreams and faith as we face this new year. The subject of 1 Chronicles 28, is the building of the Temple. The building was for God’s purpose to enlarge the hearts and minds of God’s people in their relationship with God and to boost their call to bear witness in the world to God’s power and love. In addition, the temple was for the covenant people to worship God on a regular basis, and it was also the dream of the servant of God, David. “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. But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name … Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts…’”
After David gives Solomon the details of the plans for the temple, he utters these words of encouragement and edification, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”
These words pushed Solomon on to great fulfillment and success in his endeavors and can do the same for you and me. By faith we assert that they are also spoken to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to enhance our spiritual pilgrimage for 2021 and beyond. Be strong in your faith, be courageous in your work for the Lord, and finish the work God has called you to do in the church and in the world. We can live with faith, courage and strength simply because, the Lord our God is with us.
Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr., Ph.D, Pastor
Sunday Morning Worship: 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. only service for the entire month of July & Friends and Family Day) Sunday School: 9:45 am