Today’s Encouragement is 1 Chronicles 22:14a NLT “I have worked hard to provide materials for building the Temple of the LORD-nearly 4,000 tons of gold, 40,000 tons of silver, and so much iron and bronze that it cannot be weighed.
King David, in his final years, spoke this to his young son Solomon. David really wanted to build a Temple for the Lord! A permanent home for the Ark of the Covenant, representing God’s presence on this earth. But God made it clear it was not David, but his son, who would be allowed to build this magnificent Temple.
So, King David did what he Could do… he worked hard (the original Greek translates, ‘in my affliction and troubles’) to provide richly for the building materials of the temple! His hard work was this – he sacrificed of his own wealth, it cost him dearly, he took great pains, made great sacrifices and he ‘worked hard’ at it!
How does this encourage us today?
David recognized what he could NOT do, yet he ‘worked hard’ to do the things which he COULD do! There may be major obstacles between you and what you want to do for the Lord – But are we doing what we CAN do? I have a friend who is severely limited in physical ability and mobility, but she can talk and use a phone, so she regularly calls people to encourage them, maybe just a few words of blessing, love, and hope… from one who is extremely limited. Though severely constrained by physical limitations, her spirit is still free to honor God and share His Love.
Father, help us to see what we can do to bring You honor and glory, and then to ‘work hard’ at it. Because only what is done for You will last or have any real value.
Only One Life
Charles Studd quotes