What do you have to fear if God is with you?

1 Chronicles Bible Background

Old Testament: 1Ch 28.20–21

To read the Bible in a year, read First Chronicles 28–29 on May 30, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Before King David died, he prepared his son Solomon to rule over Israel, but David especially gave instructions to Solomon about building the temple. Solomon was young and taking over the task of ruling a nation, and of building a temple for the God of heaven, either one of which could have overwhelmed him, but his father said to him:

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. Here are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God; and every willing craftsman will be with you for all manner of workmanship, for every kind of service; also the leaders and all the people will be completely at your command.”

– 1 Chronicles 28.20–21

Solomon had guaranteed success, conditioned on following the Lord and keeping to the instructions that He gave to David. Solomon could be strong and of good courage because the God of heaven would be with him, ensuring his success. The rest of the biblical record shows that it happened just as the Lord had promised.

Remember the Lord has promised to be with us also (Matthew 28.20).

Questions:

  • What does it mean to you that the Lord is with you?
  • Does it make you stronger and encouraged?

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