1 Chronicles 28:10, 20, “Solomon my son… Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build a house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it... 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; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work…”
It was not enough for David to encourage Solomon to build a house for the Lord, but he also inspired him to do it! We can get great ideas and dreams of what we want to do, but it is another thing to do them. We must not only be hearers of the Word, but doers!
There is more yet. David exhorted Solomon, not only to do it, but to finish it! Not only do we have to get stuck in and do what we have to do, but also finish the task. But there is even more yet! David said, “I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God…” It is not enough to do the job. It is not enough to finish it. We have to do it with all our might! Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with thy might.” And Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatsoever you do, do it heartily.”
These are three important principles that we need to implement into our daily lives in the home. There are many tasks that need attending to—laundry, dishes, cleaning up the kitchen and other tasks on our “to do” list. You want to do them, you plan to do them, but you just have to do them. That’s all there is to it. You have to get up off your seat and start tackling the job. I have made this a habit in my life—not to look at something and think about doing it, but to get up and do it! It’s the only way things get done! Many times I don’t feel like doing it, but I make myself get up and do it.
We need to teach these principles to our children too. They are God-like principles. God lives by this principle. He states, “I have purposed it, I will also do it.” (Isaiah 46:11)
Even Jesus Himself put this principle into action. He exclaims in Psalm 40:7-8, “Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart.” Jesus didn’t come to study God’s will or to meditate upon it, but to do it! None of us will ever understand how hard it must have been for Him to fulfill the plan of the ages to come and suffer and die for our sin. He asked God to take the cup from him, but He faced it and did it.
During the time of Ezra’s ministry, he discovered that the Israelites had not separated themselves from the people round about and were doing according to their abominations. He repented before God on the behalf of the people. But that was not enough. He needed to exhort the people to repent and separate from the evil. In Ezra 10:4 Shechaniah encouraged Ezra, “Be of good courage, and do it.” They did.
Exodus 19:8 says, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Is this our response? (Exodus 24:3)
Genesis 31:16, “Whatsoever God has said unto thee, do.”
Proverbs 3:27, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.”
James 4:17, “To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Are there necessary things waiting to do in your home? Is there some task that you have been putting off? Don’t think about it any longer. Just do it!
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
“Lord, please help me to do what I need to do. Please give me your strength. Amen.”
I am not just a hearer, but a doer!
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