A Doctrine That Dances For The New Year
1 Chronicles 29:10-13
In almost every town in Mississippi, there's an informal gathering place where the latest political issues are discussed. Men gather at a restaurant for rap sessions. I have been a part of this group for many years. One of the things I have heard over and over is this, "This country is in a mess!" Needless to say, this is true. There are foreign threats to our peace, financial insecurity, and rampant immorality that indicate that our world is in chaos, confusion, disarray, and yes, a mess. Many people see no hope for this nation to come back to God.
I need to remind you that Jesus lived in a similar messy world. His people were ruled by an oppressing government. Many religious leaders were cold and calculating. They were arrogant to the point of being obnoxious. Widows were being mistreated. Children were ignored. What a mess!
The point is that the world has been in a mess since sin entered it. It will be in a mess until sin exits it.
That's what I want us to consider today as we begin a brand New Year.
King David wanted to build a house for God. It was a good idea; but it was not a godly idea. God told him he had too much blood on his hands to complete a dwelling place for the ark. Can you imagine the rejection David felt when God said NO to his plans? I expect all of us have been in David's shoes.
But what did David do? He set out to collect the money and the materials so his son, Solomon, who would succeed him, could build God a house.
When the sacrificial gifts started pouring in, David was overwhelmed. This generosity prompted him to pray a public prayer that ties into the problem and solution of our subject today. What does God want to do with us and through us in this messy world?
David reminds us that God is in control. This prayer is saturated with the doctrine of a sovereign God.
-Robert Smith is a professor at Beeson Divinity School on the campus of Samfo ...
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