The author of Chronicles, through the retelling of the Israelites’ story, tries to get us to look in the past to better understand our future.
The Israelites’ past included exiles, disobedience, good kings and horrible kings. Their past included fulfilled promises and one promise yet to be fulfilled. God's covenant with Abraham included land and people. God fulfilled those promises. God's covenant with David included a temple and a forever king. What David started Solomon finished with building a place for God. So what the Israelites were waiting for was a forever king in the line of David. Chronicles holds each king up to a plumb line and none of them meet the standard. Even the good kings were now dead. 1 Chronicles 17:12 promises a forever king and that is the reminder to God's people that He isn’t done yet.
God's reminder to us through Chronicles is also that God isn’t done yet. Yes, Jesus came to earth and fulfilled the covenant with David, but Jesus reminds His people that even though He will die He will rise from the dead and will return for all His children.
Just like the Israelites, we are sitting in a time where we are waiting on a prophecy to be fulfilled. We are waiting for that final fulfillment of God's promise. Our king is coming.
Until then, fight the good fight. Be strong and courageous. Walk by faith and not by sight. Do not lean on your own understanding, but on God's. The Israelites were not known for their consistent obedience. We may be more similar to the Israelites than we would like to believe, but everyday is filled with choices we make that will or will not prepare us for His second coming. We must say 'yes' to Jesus throughout each day of our lives- in how we treat each other, how we talk to people, what we prioritize in our lives, and how we walk the Christian walk. Each decision and action will help or hinder our preparations.
Let us not be like the five virgins who ran out of oil. God, help us be the five who were ready for Your return. Despite the heartaches of life, God is faithful to His word. He will never leave us or forsake us. Let us be encouraged that if we believe in Jesus and confess Him as Lord, we will be saved and Jesus will come back for us.
Let us prepare our hearts for Sunday’s service, Palm Sunday as we remember Jesus’ entrance into town while people declared His majesty, power, and righteousness. NewLife let us prepare to declare His glory and faithfulness.
Blessings and hope to see you Sunday,
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