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Chronological Bible: April 26, Feeling not good enough?

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  • Psalm 37
  • 1 Chronicles 22
  • Psalm 30

Calling. Purpose. Talent. Gifts. A hot topic in Christian circles, yet something we can lose so easily. At times I confuse my skills, which are abilities developed, with my calling or talent, which are things given by God. Yes, we need to nurture and grow talents to fulfill our calling, but the root of it is something we cannot create on our own.

I have musical talent. However, I have piano-playing ability. Playing the piano is something I enjoy, it helps relieve stress, and it fills my musical cravings. However, it is not a talent in and of itself. My mother however, is a brilliant, talented, gifted pianist. She can create symphonies from a hummed tune. On the times when she accompanies me while I sing, we would sometimes stumble. Engrossed in the story I was portraying, I would sometimes get lost in the story she was portraying on the keys. We figured out that if I chart out the very simple notes from which I cue to know where we are in the song, we could bring our two stories into one. It gave me the structure I needed while giving her the freedom to play whatever struck her as beautiful and necessary in the moment.

I cannot do what my mother can do on the piano. There have been times when I have tried to serve the church as the pianist. And. I. Struggggggggled. It was an ability, and I could work on it, but it was neither my talent or my calling. I subjugated my teaching and writing because I thought that piano was a better talent. I took what I was given, and in my own insecurity, deemed it not enough. And. I. Struggled.

When the time came for David to tell Solomon of God’s plans for Solomon to build the temple, David shared an important piece of information with Solomon.

“Moreover there are workmen with you in abundance: woodsmen and stonecutters, and all types of skillful men for every kind of work. Of gold and silver and bronze and iron there is no limit. Arise and begin working, and the Lord be with you.” –1 Chronicles 22:15-16, NKJV

The laborers were there. Skilled laborer from every needed field. God provided by issuing separate callings and then bringing those callings together at the right time for the right purpose. If the woodsmen tried to be a stonecutter, the stones would not be what they needed to be to fulfill the House of God. If the stonecutter tried to be a linen-maker, the linens would be less than what God intended.

If you do not develop the talent God has given you under the calling He has placed on your life, His kingdom will be the lesser for it. Put aside insecurity and comparison. Use the gifts given and you will see your place in the great House of God.

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Chronological Bible: April 25, To make Him known…

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  • Psalm 86
  • Psalm 102
  • Psalm 109
  • Psalm 139-141
  • Psalm 143

“That they may know that this is Your hand—That You, Lord, have done it!” –Psalm 109:27, NKJV

The root of David’s prayer life holds a commonality: the desire the God would be known. Amid psalm after psalm begging deliverance, his desire lay not in his own comfort. He cried out, not for his own sake, but that God’s hand would be clear to those who would work against him.

That God would be known.
That God would be known.
That God would be known.

Repeat it throughout your day to help focus your thoughts, your actions.

That God would be known.

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Chronological Bible: April 24, In the ordinariness…

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Read:

  • Psalm 53
  • Psalm 55
  • Psalm 58
  • Psalm 61
  • Psalm 64
  • Psalm 69-71

“So I will sing praise to Your name forever, that I may daily perform my vows.” –Psalm 61:8, NKJV

Some days seem harder to get through than others. Life may not have changed at all, but the ordinariness of the day drags you down. Trudging through in the same-ol’ same-ol’ way, you find yourself losing focus, losing stamina, and unexcited for the next day coming.

The secret for every day rings clear through David’s psalm. Sing His praise. Praise the Lord who gave you breath for this morning. Praise the Lord for the work He has given, even if the work drives you bananas. Praise the Lord for coffee. Whatever life brings, if you praise Him in the everyday-ness, your daily work will get done.

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Chronological Bible: April 23, Strengthening strengths…

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Read:

  • Psalm 35-36
  • Psalm 38
  • Psalm 40-41

David, arguably a great warrior, sought the Lord in the very thing that was his greatest strength. David sought God’s hand in the very area where one would go on their own. In my own life, I find that I seek God’s help in my weaknesses. I pray for His guidance when I find myself at a loss as to what to do. But by David’s example, I may have it wrong.

In organizational development, research shows that spending time in our strengths produces far more than trying to build up areas of weaknesses. David seems to do the same. In his strengths, David asks God to do more. And in doing so, his strengths become greater, his impact more profound, and his success in the will of God undeniable.

What areas of strength have you forgotten to ask God for even more?

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Chronological Bible: March 31, Deliverance two ways…

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Read:

  • Psalm 54
  • 1 Samuel 26:1-30:31

Sometimes the deliverance we seek is at our own hands. David sought God’s deliverance in Psalm 54. He asked for God’s hand to stay his enemies. And in 1 Samuel 26, God does that, but in an unexpected way. God delivered David by delivering David’s enemy.

“The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against theLord’s anointed.” –I Samuel 26:11, NKJV

In times of persecution, we can get lost in the injustice. We can settle in the drama and the seemingly silly and lose focus of the greater issue. David’s enemy was God’s anointed. And though Saul’s anger against David could not be justified, David kept above the fray and remembered the anointing of God. And so he went to the One who did the anointing to request the deliverance. God stayed David’s hand in wisdom.

He may be doing the same for you.

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