John 7:1-24; 1 Chronicles 27-28; Zechariah 12
As David recounted his blessings to the people his one regret was that God had not allowed him to build the Temple. Still, the desire was so strong he did all he could to prepare for the building of the Temple. He handed over the plans, the materials and the list of people who were ready to build. That being said, Solomon still had to put the plan into action and make sure that the building happened. So he encouraged Solomon: “And David said to his son Solomon, ‘Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God–my God–will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.’” (1 Chronicles 28:20) Often in our work for the Lord we are like Solomon: others have done all the prep work and we step in to serve and God gives a great blessing. At other times, we are like David: we work and prepare and while we don’t see the finished product, we know that the work is in God’s hands and that He will eventually bring fruit to our work. Eventually, Solomon rejoiced that he built the Temple. As we look back though, we know that he was dependent on the work of thousands of other people – including his father David. As we work for God we need to remember when we have an amazing breakthrough that we are dependent on those who have gone before us. When we share Christ with someone and they become a child of the King, we should rejoice – but always realize that others have played important roles in bringing this new brother or sister into the Kingdom. When we seek to do God’s work and we don’t see results, that’s when we need to show real faith. Do we have enough faith to trust that God will work in the future? Do we have enough faith to believe that God will finish the work either through us or through someone else at a later time? The key to all of this? We do God’s work, in God’s time and trust Him for the results. Whether we are part of the harvest or part of the planting and watering, we are all important in the work of Jesus Christ.
Lord, thank You for the opportunity to serve You. Keep encouraging me in the work I do each day. Keep reminding me that You are in control and that all that I do must bring honor to You. Whether I see the final results or I am involved in the preparation for someone else to take part in the final results, let me rejoice that You are working.