December 3 – Today’s Readings – 1Chronicles 1-3 and Proverbs 3
1Chronicles 2:12-16 reads, “Boaz the father of Obed and Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of Eliab his firstborn; the second son was Abinadab, the third Shimea, the fourth Nethanel, the fifth Raddai, the sixth Ozem and the seventh David. Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. Zeruiah’s three sons were Abishai, Joab and Asahel.”
The family tree – we all have one. We are very proud of some of our ancestors – some we are not so proud of – and others lived such boring lives that they seemed to have done nothing at all. Boaz was the man of integrity – the man who rescued Naomi and married Ruth – David was the great poet-warrior-worshipper-king – Abishai, Joab and Ashel, David’s cousins, were great men of war but their hands were so stained with innocent blood that the king said of them, “What do you and I have in common, you sons of Zeruiah?” [2 Samuel 16:10]
How will you be remembered? Will you stand firm in the Lord? Will you be known as “faithful” or will you be known as “a washout”? One thing is sure – the Chronicles of your life are being written right now. I’m thinking that I would like good things said about me; “he stayed strong, he walked in integrity, he was a good husband and father, he was an encourager, he provided for his family, etc”…. What is said about some people in this passage is not so great:
“Er, Judah’s firstborn was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death.” [Chapter 2:3]
“Achar, who brought trouble on Israel by violating the ban on taking devoted things.” [Chapter 2:7]
For others, just the mention of their names makes us think of God’s glory – Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, and Solomon to name a few. Here’s the thing – a name doesn’t mean much to us unless that person does something for God. In order for your name to be recognized, you need to let the Lord work on your character and you need to let the Lord lead your life. We don’t have to accomplish what Solomon did in order to be great. In Matthew 20:25-28 Jesus said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
So it is that we only need to live simple, upright, consistent lives to be considered “great”. We do what God wants us to do. If we are servants of the Most High then we will most certainly be known as people who did something good in this world!
1. Give an example of another Bible character who “finished” in an exceptional way.
2. Tell of how you plan to “do life” so that the Chronicles written about you say something decent.