by John Michalak
David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do it. Don’t be afraid, nor be dismayed; for the LORD God, even my God, is with you. He will not fail you, nor forsake you, until all the work for the service of the LORD’s house is finished.“
1 Chronicles 28:20
Are you any good at construction? Some are. But for many, being asked to help build anything strikes us with fear and anxiety.
Here, David asked Solomon to build God’s temple. Perhaps Solomon felt some fear and anxiety. But, in tasking Solomon, David also equipped him. How? By assuring Him that God would be with him to see the work completed.
Such encouragement was nothing new. Moses told Joshua to be strong and courageous in “building” the nation of Israel in the Promised Land, saying God would be with him. Jesus sent His disciples to build God’s Kingdom in His authority, saying He would be with them always.
What has God commissioned you to build? A new character? A work of compassion for someone who’s suffering? A local church or ministry? Even those skilled in spiritual construction might feel some fear. But, nothing has changed. This God of creation, our Master-builder, will be with you when you hammer in that first nail until your spiritual building is completed.
What has God sent you to build? Our Master-Builder will see it done.
Pray: Lord, give me strength and courage to help build Your Kingdom here on earth.