The past few days have been filled with a lot of stress for me. My aunt back in the States had a heart attack, we logged over 65 hours last week of ministry, we are planning for a couple different events, we have our first youth service this week, we have a short term team this weekend, and we began classes this week. This is the life of a 40/40 and well…anyone in full-time ministry. Last night I went to sleep with a lot of stress and woke up only to fall at the feet of Jesus begging Him for the strength and courage to keep going. How will I get it all done? I have no idea, and that is what I told Him. His encouragement came from a passage in the Bible that I did not expect to speak to me.
King David was probably the most famous king of Israel that ever lived, and he had a deep desire to build a temple for God to house the Ark of the Covenant. However, God told him that he would not be the one to build it because he was a man of war, but that He would give the task to his son Solomon. Therefore, David set out to make all the preparations for the temple and gave them to his son along with some fatherly advice. Here are two passages from this counsel that God used to speak into my situation:
“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve Him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek Him, you will find Him. But if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as His sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.” -1 Chronicles 28:9-10
“Then David continued, ‘Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.’” -1 Chronicles 28:20
Solomon was chosen for a very important task, just like I have been chosen for a very important task. The number one priority of my life should not be my ministry, but rather to know God intimately and to worship Him with my whole heart and a willing mind. He knows that the desire of my heart is this. The promise is true: if I seek God, I will find Him, and the decision to seek Him is one that I should take very seriously. I could just as easily choose to do this on my own and forsake His power in my life, and that will yield negative consequences just like seeking Him will yield a blessing. The command is powerful: “Be strong, and do the work.” David says this to Solomon twice.
The scripture says, “Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.” As much as I am terrified of failure and easily discouraged by a daunting task list that I know I cannot complete, I can rest in the fact that God Almighty is with me. The most moving truth of all of this is that God will see to it that the work is finished correctly. That is not my job. My job is to seek God, be obedient, be strong, and do the work. I am called to give it my all. I am not called to yield good results. That’s God’s department. That takes a lot of pressure off of me. So this morning, I am learning to trust Him more. I am learning not only to trust Him with my dreams, desires, and the people I am ministering to…but also to trust Him with my daily to-do list, knowing that if I am seeking Him, depending on Him and giving my everything to Him, He will see to it that all the work related to this calling is finished correctly. Thanks be to God!