What Not to Pray For

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Chronicles 1-4 Second Chronicles takes the story of God’s dealings with His people from the beginning of the reign of Solomon to the return from the exile. It begins with God inviting Solomon to pray for whatever he wants. We are also invited to pray for anything. God is pleased because Solomon does not pray for riches, honor, revenge or long life. God is pleased that Solomon has his priorities straight. His one desire is for wisdom …

Giving for Building

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Chronicles 28-29 It is fitting that we should give generously to build church buildings in which God may be worshiped and His Word may be taught. But we should always keep in mind that the New Testament says that the church is people, that we together are to be a holy temple. Again and again Paul speaks of doing that which edifies, that is, that which builds up the church of Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us give …

Set Apart for Service

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Chronicles 25-27 A few days ago we considered the services rendered by musicians and gatekeepers. Here these are mentioned and several other types of service as well. The New Testament says that the church is made up of members, each of whom has some talent to be used in service. The church is to be a team, with each member playing his or her part in the Lord’s work. Some of the Levites were in charge of …

Preparing Our Children to Build

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Chronicles 21-24 We must use our lives in service to the Lord. But there is something else we can do. We can prepare our children to play their role in the building of the kingdom of God. David was not to build the temple but he could make as many preparations as possible so that his son could build. We must first of all introduce our children to Jesus Christ. Only then can they be of service …

Victory with God's Help

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Chronicles 17-20 David wants to build a house for God, a temple in which to place the ark. But God says that instead He will build a house for David. God will establish the household of David forever. This is ultimately fulfilled in Christ, for David’s descendants no longer occupy a throne in the land of Israel but Christ, the descendant of David, will be king forever. We must focus on what God does for us before …

Successful on the Second Try

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Chronicles 13-16 David now turns to concerns about the ark of the covenant. He provides a tent in which to house the ark. Then he has the ark moved to Jerusalem. But it doesn’t make it. The ark is being moved contrary to the clear instructions in the Word of God. Uzzah reaches out to keep it from tipping and he is struck dead. Having secured his borders by decisively defeating the Philistines, David again turns to …