Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 28
The calling before the calling …
Callings of the Lord are exciting. They’re wonderful to follow. When we hear God’s voice, have the courage to obey, and depend on Him to fulfill His promises; we are fulfilled in ways that are unusual.
But, as great as specific callings to a particular mission of God are, there is a calling that comes first and is far greater.
In our chapter, David is giving a charge to many important people in Israel, as well as his own son, Solomon. When David turns to Solomon, in a section charging him to build the sanctuary, beginning in verse 9, David first charges him with an even greater call.
David says, “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.”
As great as Solomon’s call to build the house of Godis, the call to know Him intimately, worship Him, and serve him with a whole heart and willing mind is far greater. It is the call before the call. It is what has made Solomon, and it is what will break Solomon. Solomon is presently seen as faithful because of his commitment to God, but soon Solomon will make a series of mistakes. And it all begins with and ends with his commitment to his relationship with God.
So, in whatever God is calling you to do, make sure to make your relationship with God your highest priority. It is the call before the call and is far more important than any task that lies before you.
Posted by : Sam Cirrincione