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A Purpose Driven Strife

1 Chronicles 22:11-19 :

Now, my son, may Yahweh be with you and prosper you, and build the house of Yahweh your God, as he has spoken concerning you. May Yahweh give you discretion and understanding, and put you in charge of Israel; that so you may keep the law of Yahweh your God. Then you will prosper, if you observe to do the statutes and the ordinances which Yahweh gave Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid, and don’t be dismayed. Now, behold, in my affliction I have prepared for Yahweh’s house one hundred thousand talents of gold, one million talents of silver, and bronze and iron without weight; for it is in abundance. I have also prepared timber and stone; and you may add to them. There are also workmen with you in abundance, cutters and workers of stone and timber, and all kinds of men who are skillful in every kind of work; of the gold, the silver, the bronze, and the iron, there is no number. Arise and be doing, and may Yahweh be with you.”

David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, “Isn’t Yahweh your God with you? Hasn’t he given you rest on every side? For he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand; and the land is subdued before Yahweh, and before his people. Now set your heart and your soul to follow Yahweh your God. Arise therefore, and build the sanctuary of Yahweh God, to bring the ark of Yahweh’s covenant and the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built for Yahweh’s name.”

In this account, God records David's commissioning of the temple building project. We read that he had gathered about three tons of gold and 30 tons of silver. David tells both the leaders of the people and Solomon that they are not to delay in building this house, and in this commission, he shares the purpose as well. David tells them that the time of fighting is now over and to "Now set your heart and your soul to follow Yahweh your God." This is a major shift.

Israel had been fighting for a long time. There would now have to be a major change. After God made the world, it says that He rested from creating. The purpose of His creating wasn't to merely keep creating. His purpose was to rest with His new creation. In a similar way, Israel wasn't supposed to keep fighting. The fighting was done for the ultimate purpose of resting and following God. Their strife had a purpose. They weren't fighting as a way of life, but as a means to a peaceful end.

As Christians we count on the fact that our strife and suffering will end. We also remember that we fight with a purpose. We don't fight aimlessly or without hope. Someday it will all be worth it.

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