Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 23
In today’s passage, we read about David appointing his son, Solomon, to be king over Israel, and then assigning tasks to the Levites.
Up until this point, the Levites had carried “the Tabernacle and its furnishings from place to place” (v.26), but now they no longer needed to do that. David divides the Levites into three family units and gives them instructions for their service in the Temple.
We see that the construction of the Temple was a big deal! 24,000 Levites were assigned to supervise the work at the Temple of the Lord! The Levites have a large role in serving the Lord in His house once the building is completed.
So what can we take from today’s reading?
First, notice the great leadership David displays. He assigns teams to do the work of the Lord in the coming years. He knows that he is older, and that Solomon will soon be king. Even in his old age, David is exercising great leadership by preparing the people of Israel to worship God in the Temple, by preparing the Levites to serve God in the Temple, and preparing his son to lead the people of God while building the Temple.
For us, I think we must take a look at our lives and ask ourselves, “How are we preparing those who will come after us for the work of the Lord?” Are you teaching your kids to love God and serve Him? Are you discipling someone and showing them how to disciple someone else? We have been called by God to prepare those who come after us to worship God and do “good works” (Ephesians 2:10) for Him.
Second, see that the Levites “faithfully carried out their duties of service at the house of the Lord” (v.32). We are all in a position to lead someone else whether that be at work, at home, at church, or in discipleship, but we are all also supposed under someone else’s leadership. We must take a look at our lives and ask ourselves, “are we faithfully carrying out what God has called us to do under the leadership of someone else?” The Levites trusted David’s leadership and served faithfully. Are we being obedient to God by following others’ wise leadership?
Take some time to thank God for wise leaders in our church, and ask God to give you a passion to serve faithfully.
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice