1 Chronicles 8:1-40
Lord, some of the names, in Your Word, make us think about ourselves: What kind of people are we? What kind of people are we becoming? “Esh-Baal” (1 Chronicles 8:33) means “man of Baal” or “man of shame.” “Merib-Baal” started off as “opponent of Baal”, then it became “loved by Baal” or “my Lord is Baal.” We wonder, Lord, how does Baal, the god worshipped by the Canaanites, get among Your people? The answer is not hard to find. We let him in. We give him the chance to wreck our lives. Forgive us, Lord. We have taken our eyes off Jesus. Help us not to be “double-minded” (James 1:8) – trying to listen to both You and Satan at the same time. Help us to be single-minded in our devotion to Jesus (Matthew 6:22).
1 Chronicles 9:1-44
Lord, You speak to us about “very able men”, who were called to do “the work of the service of the house of God” (1 Chronicles 9:13). Some have been called to preach Your Gospel and teach Your Word. All of us have been called to serve You. We may not preach or teach – but there will be something for us to do. Some were “chosen to be gatekeepers.” Some were “assigned to take care of the furnishings …” Some were “entrusted with the responsibility for baking.” Some were “singers or musicians” (1 Chronicles 9:22,29,31,33). Lord, You have something for all of us. As we do Your work, help us to hear Your Spirit saying to us, “‘Tis a task the Master just for you has planned … There’s a work for Jesus none but you can do.”
1 Chronicles 10:1-11:19
Saul “was unfaithful to the Lord.” Help us, Lord, not to become like Saul who “did not keep the command of the Lord … and did not seek guidance from the Lord” (1 Chronicles 10:13-14). Saul had started well. At the beginning, everything had looked so promising. What went wrong? Lord, we think about Saul – and we think about ourselves. It happened to Saul. It can happen to us. Drifting away from You happens when we start to lose interest in worshipping You, reading Your Word and speaking to You. Everything falls apart. We become like Saul – a shadow of what we once were. we wonder, “Can things be turned around?” Yes! Your Word is alive. Your Spirit is alive. Renew in us the life that comes from Your Word and Your Spirit.
1 Chronicles 11:20-12:7
We read, Lord, of “the mighty men of the armies”, “the mighty men who helped … in war” (1 Chronicles 11:26; 1 Chronicles 12:1). Lord, You’re teaching us about spiritual warfare – “We are not carrying on a worldly war … the weapons of our warfare are not worldly … the weapons of our warfare … have divine power to destroy strongholds.” You’re calling us to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). Lord, help us to become “mighty” for You – “mighty” in Your strength, “mighty” in Your victory.
1 Chronicles 12:8-13:14
“The kingdom of Saul was turned over to David according to the Word of the Lord” (1 Chronicles 12:23). Lord, You’re calling us to be spiritual leaders – “let us bring again the ark of our God” (1 Chronicles 13:7). We’re to call the people to return to You and rejoice in You (1 Chronicles 13:4,8). We’re to warn the people that failure to do Your will leads to the withdrawal of Your blessing (1 Chronicles 13:9-10). Where Your Word is honoured and given its rightful place, there will be blessing among Your people (1 Chronicles 13:14). Help us, Lord, to be faithful in hearing Your Word and doing Your Word. This is the way of obedience and blessing (James 1:22,25).