Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read 1 Chronicles 28 (Wednesday 6.21)
Divisions, divisions, divisions. Chapters 23-27 are quite literally a list of names. Upon first glance, it brings back memories of the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1 or the long list of Noah’s sons in Genesis. I would be lying to say if my eyes didn’t lazely jump from one name to another, mind wandering as I try to make sense of why this would be so important as to be included in the Bible.
If nothing else, it shows the significance of Israel during their reign. This was a massive force, one of the most powerful in the region. And at the center of all this? Solomon. Not because he was the oldest. Not because he proved himself in some magnificent away. Even in verse five, David explicitly stated that the LORD had chosen him for the job.
Now, if only it were that easy; to have a clear cut direction of what your life is. That once you work your way to the top, everything is set. But if anything, this proves that God works through anyone, no matter where you come from.
2 Chronicles 1 (Thursday 6.22)
Solomon was not known for Samson-like strength or Elijah’s bravery. Instead, he was known for asking God of one thing and one thing only. Wisdom. That was it. No ivory towers, no golden chariots, no sweeping landscapes. Just knowledge and wisdom. It takes a certain kind of person to show that kind of self-restraint. To ask only for he felt was absolutely needed.
The reason that I have the word “listen” tattooed on my arm, other than the fact it was only two dollars, was because of the story of Solomon. I have always found that I have learnt the most when I have taken a moment to really pick up what others have said. To hear and embrace different points of view has given me a huge appreciation from people of all walks of life. And as such, I have found that I have learned far more from others than anything that I can do on my own.
This can be the same way in our approach to God. We simply do not have all of the answers that we seek. No matter how much we pack in from books, or degrees we earn, or how many hours we spend practicing to master one of Beethoven’s symphonies, we always come up short. No matter how hard we fight to control our destinies, we ultimately run into a brick wall when it comes to trying to put our will before God’s. In the end, it isn’t about using the wisdom we ask for to outsmart God. Rather, the hope is to use it to embrace God.
Reflections written by Jax Gorman