Netflix has nothing on the Old Testament! It is full of mystery, tragedy, romance, action and adventure. Whatever your genre, you will find it in the pages from Genesis to Malachi. I didn’t always love it so much. I was convinced that it made for hard, laborious reading, until a fear years ago when I convinced myself that I “ought to” read the Bible from cover to cover at least once in my life.
Now, I am hooked.
Recently, I have been hanging out with king David as he winds down from over 40 years of either hiding away or running towards his enemies. He made some enormous mistakes, but let’s not kid ourselves, he was one of (if not) the best kings that ever ruled over Judah and Israel.
Then I got to a boring bit. From 1 Chronicles 22 to 28 it drones on, while we get to read David’s handover notes as he prepares to leave his office as king. Pages full of instruction ranging from military divisions to gatekeepers, musicians, priests and building instructions for the temple. My eyes started feeling heavy as I tried to focus and take it all in. Then I read something that felt like the ice-bucket-challenge from way back:
“All this,” said David, “the Lord made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans.” 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 28:19-21 NKJV
What I saw in that passage, was the picture of an incredible, awesome father. One who had done everything in his power to prepare the way for his son to step into his purpose and destiny.
Solomon did not have have to do any of the hard work. Not only was the materials available (stored up from many battles fought by king David and his men), but even the human resources were prepared and committed to do what was needed to get the job done.
David’s dream had always been to build a dwelling place for God, but he was a man of war (1 Chronicles 22:8). God did not want His temple to be built by hands that shed blood. He was looking for someone who could govern with peace. God loved Solomon (who never fought a battle in his entire life) and chose him to be the one to build His temple. Solomon simply took his seat as king, and from that position he fulfilled the plans of God.
This passage found a landing place in my heart, because I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling tired of fighting battles. What if we have been engaged in the wrong activity? What if we are not supposed to be fighters, but are called to be builders? We have, after all, like Solomon, inherited a kingdom of Peace. What if, our job is not to go to war, but to build a temple: a dwelling place for our God.
Think about it… Jesus has already won every battle for us through His death and resurrection. He said it Himself: “It is finished.” He won the battle for our righteousness, our health, our provision, our deliverance, our peace. Our Father has done all the work, now we get to take our seat as ones who govern and rule in peace.
I feel like the season of fighting for our inheritance is over. It’s time to take a seat.
“For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:6 NLT
Make this your declaration:
I am seated with Christ in heavenly places. I am called to rule and reign in this life, by the righteousness and grace that was given to me by my Father.
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us an abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness. You have raised us from the dead and seated us in heavenly realms, in Jesus. Help us to live from our heavenly seats. Give us the wisdom to take hold of every resource you have prepared for us, so that we can build a dwelling place for you. May we be a resting place for you. I ask in Jesus Name, Amen.
Today, I hear the Father say: “Child of Peace. The one I love dearly. The one I have chosen to govern with peace. Step off the battlefield, for I have already won the war. It is time to take your seat. You did not inherit a struggle. I did not offer you chaos. Your inheritance is peace, victory and order. Put away your battle plans and see, I have given you a blueprint. Build a dwelling place. For where I AM, you will never have to fight for anything. Ever.” ❤