Finally, we come to the end. Well, the end of the first book of Chronicles at least. In this passage we see a couple important things: first, the preparation of the Temple is complete, and second, the kingship is passed from David to Solomon.
As we read of all that has been collected, I was struck by one fact—everything belongs to God. David collected precious metals and gems, and gave great wealth from his own stores. But as he prayed to God, look at his attitude of his own wealth, “everything in heaven and earth is yours” (11). “Wealth and honor come from you” (12). “Everything comes from you, and we have given only what comes from your hand” (14). “All this abundance that we have provided…comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you” (16).
David reminds us of our role as stewards. All that God has blessed us with isn’t really ours, it’s His. The problem is that the longer we hold on to something the more ownership we feel. However, everything is God’s and we are to use “our” treasures for His purposes, His glory, in alignment with His wisdom on how it should be used.
1st Chronicles ends with David’s death and Solomon’s ascension to the throne. David did everything possible to set him up for success. For the most part, David’s preparation paid huge dividends. Solomon’s rule is the pinnacle of Israel’s history. However, because of Solomon’s divided loyalties, after his reign the nation divided as well.
Solomon was the first son to sit on David’s throne. God had promised David an eternal throne, but Solomon, as great a king as he was, wasn’t the answer. Ultimately, God will fulfill the Davidic Covenant through Jesus. His will be a throne that never ends. For now, however, the torch is passed from father to son and the work of building God’s Temple lies ahead.
I don’t know about you, but as I read the final chapter of 1st Chronicles, I cannot help but think about our church’s generosity. Although nobody (that I know of) in our church possesses the precious metals or gems like what David donated to the Temple, our church has been generous with what they have.
This year we asked for money and time to help with the building. People showed up and gave in droves. During Missions Impact Month, our church collected over $27,000 above our goal! We raised over $71,000 because our church loves the Bible, loves orphans, and loves to help train pastors that are taking the Gospel to places we ourselves cannot go. On top of all that, you continue to give through regular offering such that our normal operating budget has stayed on track. God has done so much through the gifts at CPC and it’s not over yet. This month we have the opportunity to bless lots of families in our own community through your generosity. There is a whole lot of food in the Gathering Point at East Campus that is going to go to families who need it. Not only that, we have the opportunity to give some families a Christmas they won’t forget. From the bottom of my heart, and I think I speak for our staff and our leadership team, thank you CPC for your generosity!
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate