Solomon, the son of King David faced a formidable task building God’s temple. God chose Solomon from among all his brothers (more than 19) to build the temple. Like Solomon, God gives each of us a kingdom assignment to fulfill. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the assignment. Despite how we may feel, and no matter how daunting the circumstances, we’ve been created for success. I Chronicles 28:20-21 serves as an encouragement to press on even in the face of limited resources and uncertainty.
I Chronicles Chapter 28 illustrates four key points we need to understand about our kingdom assignment. First, the assignment is specific. Solomon was given specific details by his father for building the temple (I Chronicles 28:11-19). Interestingly, God doesn’t give us the details all at once. This is why I keep a vision book and encourage others to do the same. Each time God gives me a detail I enter it in my vision book and date the entry. From time-to-time I review my vision book, especially when I become discouraged. Over the course of time, the nuggets God has given me have begun to paint a picture of vision and purpose. Some details God gave me more than ten years ago. They’re just beginning to come to pass. I’ve come to realize God isn’t in a hurry. But He’s faithful.
Second, your assignment can’t be accomplished by you alone. I admit my assignment can be overwhelming at times. One of the ways you know it’s a God-given assignment is that it’s much bigger than you, and greater than you could ever accomplish by yourself. Just as God provided Solomon with all the help he needed to fulfill his assignment
(I Chronicles 28: 21), God will send the help you need, in His time. The last thing you want to do is to get ahead of God. Patience is critical.
Next, you will eventually grow weary working your assignment. I don’t know about you, but sometimes just thinking about the work can be fear-inspiring and wearisome. David told Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God will be with thee.” David was quoting Joshua 1:9 where God commanded Joshua’s courage and strength. Imagine that! God commands our strength and courage. God’s commands must come to pass. In His providence, God ensures strength and courage for the journey.
Finally, God equips and empowers us for the assignment. I Chronicles 28:20 says, “He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.” God assures us of three things in this passage of Scripture: His continual presence, provision and we’ll complete the work. This renders us void of any excuses for not fulfilling our assignment. Just think! God handpicked you for your kingdom assignment. Your job is to discover your assignment and fulfill God’s will.
Whenever you’re feeling inundated by the magnitude of your assignment, take a moment to read I Chronicles 28:20-21. And be encouraged by God’s command for your success!
Until next time¼Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson