Daily D – 1 Chronicles 22:9-13
1 Chronicles 22:9-13 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”
Tomorrow is Election Day. Again. This means if you live in Texas and turn on a radio or television today, you will hear nonstop advertisements for men and women running for office. These individuals are truly evil according to their opponents. How in the world could these people ever get nominated to run for the positions they seek?
Listen carefully to a few advertisements before you shut off live broadcasts in favor of podcasts or easy-listening music to soothe your ruffled feathers. Here is a double-dog dare: Find a person running for office who does not promise to fight for you. Herein lies the problem. Our politicians prefer fighting over reasoning. They choose to destroy one another rather than seek common ground.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a politician like Solomon instead? God calls him “a man of peace and rest.” His name even sounds like the word for peace. Here is how David prayed for his son: He asked God to give him discretion and understanding. He charged his son to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” These were Moses’ words to Joshua at the point of their leadership transition.
What if we had some men and women running for office who were peaceful, discreet, wise, strong, and courageous? Wouldn’t that be refreshingly different? Why settle for anything less?
These are good characteristics for those in public office. They are also good characteristics for moms and dads, sons and daughters, employers and employees, friends and neighbors. If we want more peace, let us live more peacefully. Let us live at peace with everyone as far as it depends on us.
Does our community require more discretion and understanding? Let us demonstrate these characteristics in our daily dealings.
Do we need more strength and courage so that we can stand against the people and problems deeply damaging our lives, our families, and our communities? Let us show the way with our examples.
I will live my life in a manner consistently characterized by peace, discretion, and understanding.
Our Father, we want more peace. Make us more peaceful. We want more discretion and understanding. Make us more discreet and understanding. We want more strength and courage. Give us more strength and courage for the challenges before us. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.