“I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” (Psalms 138:2).
This portion of scripture boosts our confidence in God’s word (His written word in the Bible and/or His spoken word).
God in Himself is supreme above all things, and we know that His name is above all other names. (Philippians 2:9)
If “the name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe”(Proverbs 18:10),
how much more His word which He has magnified above this name?
I believe it is for this reason that God watches over His word to fulfill it.
Through the year, has God spoken to you and given you a word concerning certain things, and there is no manifestation of that word in your life yet?
This is to encourage you to take heart and hold onto that word. It may take more time than you desire, but if He said it, He will fulfill it.
Through a season of great trials, God has been throwing my way truth of who He is and it was too irritating for my hurting and confused soul.
I knew for a fact that God is good, that all is working out together for my good, that God loves me, and so many truths, but the many negative feelings on the inside would not let me listen.
It has finally dawned on me though that whether I choose to remain bitter and ignore God’s truth, or choose to believe it, the truth remains true and does not change. I would then rather embrace the truth and move on.
Has your year been heavy laddened with alot of trial, and the bitterness of it all is preventing you from moving on and enjoying the life God has blessed you with?
Despite all that has not gone well, God remains Supreme above all things.
The bad, unfortunate and sad seasons do not change the truth of who God is. He is a good God and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:37-39).
Coming to this reality helps us rise again and trust God for better , even though our feelings take longer to respond. It is a step of faith, the feelings follow eventually.
2 Corinthians 9:6 “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
To many believers, this portion of scripture means that when it comes to giving and getting a reward from God, those who give much get much and those who give little get less reward from God.
However, the whole portion when read and understood in its entirety talks about the generosity of the giver’s heart.
2 Corinthians 9:10 says that “God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat.”
This means that God determines how much to give to each one of us, which He expects us to share with those in need.
This verse gets me thinking. Could it be that God who knows our hearts and all its attitudes, gives much to those He knows are able to pass on His blessings to those in need, and less to those He knows have attitude issues when it comes to giving?
It is no wonder that society says that people who have a generous heart (giving of whatever they have, big or small) never lack.
It is not that those who gives much will be blessed more, otherwise it would make Jesus’s story of the widow who gave coins (Luke 21) quite irrelevant, which is not right.
God’s focus is on the attitude in our hearts when we give. Do we give much to be seen or because of pressure? Do we give less because we think it is not our responsibility or we are being forced to give, or perhaps we think that others should also work hard to get their own resources?
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Stinginess essentially is a heart issue, and not because someone has little or nothing to give.
Remind Them There Is Work Left For Them To Do
It is unfortunate for a great legacy to be passed on and it ceases to exist when the predecessors are gone.
We n ed to encourage our young people to work hard and build on what is being left behind.
In pointing them towards the unfinished business, we build in them the value of hard work, and it also helps them focus.
In 1 Chronicles 29:1, King David tells Solomon that the task ahead of him is enormous. He did this not to scare his son, but to help him focus and work hard to see that the Temple project is finished.
We should not downplay the realities of hard work. Young people need to know that laziness and idleness only lead to poverty as the word of God in Proverbs 6:10-11 puts it.
Struggle is necessary for developing strength to complete unfinished business.
To empower means to delegate power and authority, letting someone know that they are able to do whatever it is that they have been called or tasked to do.
In 1 Chronicles 28:20, David tells Solomon that, “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.”
Young people under your care need to know that you support them and believe in their potential and ability.
Key to this is always reminding them that their source of ability is God, as per Philippians 4:13.
We need to remind our young people that whatever God has called them to do or be, they can through Christ alone.
The world then gets to benefit from a confidence that is not puffed up with pride because pride is not of God, but gets to enjoy a confidence that has its source in Christ and is able to bring glory to the name of God.
Equip Them. 1 Chronicles 8:11-12, David hands over the Temple plans to his son Solomon.
A God given vision should never die with us. God intends for vision to run through generations.
It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to share it with the next generation, by equipping them with the right expertise, experience and energy.
This we can do through formal education in school, and more so teaching our young people the core values of hard work, excellence and diligence, by introducing them to the family business if any, or whatever vision the parents or guardians have.
The question however is, do we have a vision to pass on as parents and guardians?
Encouragement– We need to learn to encourage our young ones. As children go through the stages of life, they constantly seek out inspiration to be something or someone.
When this desire and hunger for identity is not well nurtured and guided by parents or guardians, it is then that they seek this from the world.
Every child desires to know and hear that they are good enough, that they are special and that God has a unique purpose and plan for their lives. That they are not a mistake and that they can excel in all the uniqueness of their being.
David says in 1 Chronicles 28:10, “for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.”
This portion speaks of a parent who has taken time to study and know their child, perhaps by giving them time and attention. David knew what God’s call on his son’s life was and encouraged him verbally to go that direction, and he can make it!
So after disciplining them into the ways of God, we ought to encourage the next generation to be all that God has created them to be.