1 Chronicles 14:1-7 (Part 1) – Do We Hoard or Do We Bless?

Posted: March 30, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 14:1-7 (Part 1 of 2)

David’s Palace and Family

In this time of national crisis where we are in the midst of a social and economic shutdown because of the Coronavirus, we are reminded both of the best of humankind and the worst of humankind. In the negative, we see people hoarding goods such as toilet paper, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, soaps and other such goods that are deemed important. They buy as much as they can without thinking of anyone else. It has gotten to the point that you see stores limited the quantities of these products that one family can purchase on a single visit to the store. These rules had to be implemented by grocery stores and other retailers who sell these products to prevent this all-out brand of selfishness by a lot of people. It is not just some isolated thing. You see it from a lot of people all over the country, regardless of region, regardless of size of the local population, regardless of whether they are Christian or non-believers. It is just shameful to see people act in such an overtly selfish manner.

On the other hand, we have seen instances where people are being extraordinarily kind to one another. We see church members checking on each other by phone. We see church members who are bringing food to elderly folks in their churches who are shut-ins. We see churches whose ladies are sewing cloth surgical masks to help ease the short supply of these items. We see people bringing meals to hospital workers. We see neighborhoods creating food banks on the corners of key streets in their neighborhoods so that they can share goods that others might need, such as paper towels, canned goods, sanitary wipes, and so on. We see restaurants who use to not deliver to their customers that are now doing so. We see these acts of good at the same time we have seen the bad.

It is a reminder to us of what this passage is about. David remembered what his blessings were for. It was for his people, not just for him. With that in mind, let’s read this passage, 1 Chronicles 14:1-7, now:

Chapter 14

1 Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timber, and stonemasons and carpenters to build him a palace. 2 And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had greatly blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

3 Then David married more wives in Jerusalem, and they had more sons and daughters. 4 These are the names of David’s sons who were born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7 Elishama, Eliada,[a] and Eliphelet.

In this passage, we see that God gave David honor and success, but not simply for David’s personal gain. David, as the passage notes, realized that God had prospered him for a special reason – for the sake of God’s people. This passage reminds us today that we can be often tempted to use our possessions simply for our own good. Instead, we must remember that our blessings are from God. He has blessed us with where we are, what we are given, all of it should be used to encourage others and be support to those who are in need. We must glorify God with the blessings that He has bestowed upon us.

We must always remember that whatever we have is given to us by God. He gave us the talents to earn money. He gives us the intelligence to do what we do. He gives us the expertise to do what pays us money. Let us remember that we are simply stewards of what God has given us. As a result, we must be a generous people who sees that everything is not about us. We must be generous with the wealth that our God-given talents have allowed us to acquire. We should not store up treasures for ourselves. We must give God glory by using our resources to, yes, take care of our family but also to make sure that others are taken care of who are in need. Help us to not hoard our wealth to ourselves and think of it all as a result of our own power. Help us to see that it all comes from you God so that we loosen our grip on the desire to hoard, to store up, to acquire only for the betterment of ourselves.

Give us generous hearts oh Lord. Help us to see that you were generous to us through what You did for us through Jesus on the cross and through His resurrection. Let us take this time to realize that it all comes from you and you desire us as Christ followers to be blessings to the world around us.

Amen and Amen.

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