1 Chr. 28:20 And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
One of the greatest things in life is when you find out what God’s work, His passion, His plan is for your life that He will use to accomplish in and through us what only He can do. The next greatest thing is when you have those moments when you see that plan being fulfilled. The challenge is along the way we may initially find out that what we thought we were to do was not God’s plan at all, or once you do find out what He has in store for your life, you will face those challenging times when you will question yourself even though you know it’s His will because it may not seem as if you are accomplishing what He wants you to do. I want to encourage you to never give up on finding out what that plan is, and when it is confirmed biblically in your life stay the course, never give up.
As I sit here and write this weekly wisdom article I was reflecting on getting to see another one of those moments for a pastor when the very things you have prayed for, worked for, studied and preached happens. When God called me to be a pastor 24 years ago this coming Easter, it certainly was not what I had planned for my life. But from the beginning the passion that the Lord put in me to fulfill His commission to go and make disciples is what drives me. A disciple is more than just someone born again. They develop a true and genuine relationship with God, and they are no longer baby or carnal Christians, but a mature believer. To see those moments as a pastor when people take what the Holy Spirit gave you to preach and teach to them and they apply it to their life and see the results, there is nothing better for a spiritual dad.
I got to see another one of those moments tonight as I watched one of our spiritual daughters stand and preach to our church for the first time and she did awesome. Sharing from the Word what she has learned and applied in her life. Just like other moments I have had watching her husband chase the passion in his heart to now seeing those dreams being fulfilled. Not to mention the children’s teachers who I have watched with such a dedication and love for our children in teaching them the Word and impacting their lives, to leadership God has raised up, men and women of God who have faced adversity and blessed me to see them overcome with God at their side, and there are many more stories I could share.
Our foundation text is king David telling his son Solomon that because it had been revealed to David that it was God’s plan for Solomon to build the temple, and that God would be with him and would never leave him nor forsake him so that he could fulfill God’s plan. David had wanted to build the temple but God revealed to David that was not His plan. We need to make sure first of all that we have God’s plan. There are many plans in a man’s heart, but the Lord’s plan will stand. I have known some who thought they were called to pastor, but as scripture reveals one of the ways God will confirm a call to the five-fold ministry is through a minister who recognizes that calling on your life. Realize I am not writing this to ministers, for God has a plan for every one of us. The Bible tells us that His plans were prepared for us beforehand. We just need to make sure we have God’s plan.
To find God’s plan just place your entire life like a piece of clay in God’s hands and be willing to let Him mold you. As you do then God will begin to give to you what is His desire is for your life. Just remember this means you are willing to let go of anything God says to let go of and willing to take up whatever He says to take up. As David reveals to Solomon there are some key things to be reminded of along the way. A quick key here is to point out that Solomon was receiving from his elder confirmation of God’s plan for his life. David reveals to Solomon you must be strong and of good courage, just do the work, do not fear nor be dismayed for God would be with him.
Again let me apply a part of my walk with God here to share some things about these key points that are necessary to fulfill God’s plan. The first key is you must be strong. The word for strong here refers to strength developed through you being consistent in your walk with God, never letting go of Him. This is a result of coming to God because you want to know Him, not just know Him for what He can do for you. When I gave my life to Christ I did so because I found out I could come to know God. I was blown away by the fact that this was actually something I could do. There are those who don’t ever become very strong as a believer. They tend to be those who come to God for what He can do for them, not because they just want to know Him. If you want to know Him, you will never let go of God.
The second thing David said was to be of good courage. This is defined as being determined, persisting, unwilling to quit. I can’t tell you how many times I have had thoughts of quitting. In pursuing God’s plan I have made mistakes, said things I should not have said, done things I should not have done, but the intent behind everything I have ever done is to help God’s kids become disciples, more than conquerors through Christ who know their God. Realize as you work toward carrying out God’s plans you will make mistakes. You will make some wrong decisions.
Like anything in life it takes time to develop yourself in the plan God has for you. The key here is even when those times happen, make a decision before hand that you will never quit. When I have had times I felt like quitting it was because I would question my calling and myself when I made mistakes, but we all make them. Be determined you won’t quit. If you know without a doubt you are walking out what God has planned for you, which we know will ultimately bring glory to Him, don’t think God gave up on you because you made a mistake. Remember what David said to Solomon that until he finished what God had for him to do, He would never leave nor forsake Solomon. Nor will he do so with you!
The next thing David told Solomon was to act. When you have no doubt that you know God’s plan for your life, you have to do something about it if you want to see it come to pass. Faith without works is dead. For some it may be that they need to get some training to learn how to use the gifts God has given them. Going back to school isn’t easy, but as I was reminded by a lady we met the other day if you know it’s God’s plan for you, you can do it. She is a single mom raising two kids who put herself through night school and now has a job that is a great blessing to her. While doing her job she shared some of her testimony with us. I know she is an encouragement to others. For others you may find out like David something you wanted to do was not what he wants you to do. Until you find out God’s plan you can begin to fulfill part of His plan now. Get involved in doing something in and through your church or others where you can begin to have an impact on people’s lives. We must act in obedience to what God has set before us, which will lead us into His ultimate plan.
David then tells Solomon not to fear. As a believer in Christ you do not have a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. Fear for the believer results in focusing on the natural instead of what God said. This leads to us magnifying the things that we see instead of what God said for us to do. Phillip was told by God to go out into the desert and wait there. Phillip could have looked at things in the natural and allowed his mind to focus on his surrounding circumstances. If he would have then timidity would have set in. This is what the word “fear” is defined as in 2 Timothy 1:7. Timidity makes you question God. Timidity gives place to satan where he begins to plant all kinds of doubting thoughts into your head.
Phillip could have thought to himself he surely wasn’t doing much for God by just sitting out in the desert. If you were to compare him to the other disciples it didn’t look like he was too successful. They were reaching cities for God and here was Phillip just sitting in the desert. But along comes a chariot with an Ethiopian eunuch who worked for Candace the queen of Ethiopia. Phillip leads him to the lord and it is recorded in history that eunuch had a powerful impact in bringing the gospel to Ethiopia. Success is not based on what you see in the natural, it is based on your obedience to your calling.
This leads to the final thing David said; don’t be dismayed, which means to become discouraged. Believers must learn to do like king David did. You must learn to encourage yourself “In The Lord”. This comes back to relationship with God for as David said right after he told Solomon to not be dismayed the Lord our God is with us wherever we go. We get discourage when we begin to drift away from intimacy with God. In His presence there is fullness of joy. Hard for discouragement to set in when you are full of joy. When you feel discouraged you need to quite your mind and draw near to God.
So child of God stay the course, know for sure you have God’s plan, make sure if it involves ministry you have leadership in agreement, but whatever His plan for you don’t ever give up. He is with you wherever you go and He will never leave you nor will He forsake you. He will always be there to help you along life’s way to fulfill what is His plan for your life.
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Pastor Darryl Baker