Read: 1 Chronicles 28:1-21

“Then David said to his son Solomon, ‘Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.’”  1 Chronicles 28:20

As I was reading this chapter, this verse jumped out at me like CRAZY. Not because of the amazing truths it holds. Not because it spoke to me directly in some way that only God can speak. No. It jumped out at me because it is almost verbatim what the Lord tells Joshua in Joshua 1:9,

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

As I’m reading this passage and pondering why the crazy similarity exists, it dawned on me. But before I go into my thoughts on the similarity, let me give a little backstory first.

Before my son was born, my wife and I were contemplating names. That’s part of what you do as a parent in preparation. You pick a name. A name is important. Now we hadn’t yet decided the name until something happened to me. I was sleeping one night and had a dream. It was one of those dreams where you are aware of yourself in a very non-dreaming way. You know that you’re dreaming but it’s different.  While I was dreaming, a verse came into my mind. It was Joshua 1:9. This verse landed on my heart like someone dropped an anvil on it. When I woke up, I knew what our sons name was going to be. I knew what his name NEEDED to be. It was Joshua.

On the day he was born, once all the craziness of the birthing process was over and we got to hold him in the peace of the night, I took my Bible and I spoke this verse over his life and I prayed for him. I think this is kinda like what David was doing.

Solomon had a giant task ahead of him. One of great responsibility and undertaking. A task that would seem impossible at times and, at times, break Solomon’s spirit. But David, instead of saying, “this is really important so don’t screw it up,” encouraged Solomon in the Lord. He gave him all the details as the Lord instructed and told him that God would be with him.

That’s something we can all take to heart. As parents, encourage your children. Let them know that sometimes the task ahead is seemingly impossible, but the Lord is with them. For ourselves, understand the same thing. Don’t let the enormity of a task bring you down. If God chose you for a certain task then understand that He’s not going to leave you on your own. He will be your strength. He will be your peace. He is unfailing and forever faithful.

So go forward in what God has called you to do with that in mind.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you.”

Lord, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for choosing me. Help me to act in obedience to Your instructions and walk in confidence knowing that You are right there with me. Let me be courageous. Help me to be strong. I’m relying on You to help me accomplish all that You have called me to do. May You be blessed by my dependence and my obedience. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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