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Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Well-Ordered Life (1 Chronicles 23:27, 31b)

 "According to the last instructions of David, the Levites were counted from those twenty years old or more . . . They were to serve the Lord regularly in the proper number and in the way prescribed for them."

Good leaders have a penchant for understanding and implementing effective structure so that their organization functions smoothly. Further, good leaders plan for the future, not merely for the present. David recognized that the coming temple would require an organized effective worship structure so that daily, weekly, monthly, and annual services would never lack qualified workers. David's plan ensured that every Levite had the opportunity to serve and worship, that every singer had an opportunity to exercise his gifts, and that every priest had opportunity to fulfill his calling. Such organization utilized the gifts that God put in place and eliminated any sense of competition and ensured that everyone understood their role.

While today's text may seem a bit repetitious, this careful attention to detail developed a foundation for orderly temple worship that lasted for a millennium. The fruit of David's organization shows up hundreds of years later when Zacharias enters the temple to offer the sacrifices and encounters an angel. Had David not established this organization then Zacharias wouldn't have been at the right place at the right time.

"So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord . . . then an angel of the Lord appeared to him" (Luke 1:8, 9, 11). And the rest is history. What you do or don't do today matters tomorrow!

God uses organization. Things simply work better when they have order. Paul instructed new believers in the first century church to "Let all things be done decently and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40). Order works! By it we are better prepared to receive the blessing of God.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
1 Chronicles 23; 6:16-30; 23:24-24:31
What is the last thing King David does before he turns over the reins of the kingdom to Solomon?
  • How often were the Levites to stand and praise the Lord?
  • What does the giving of these instructions tell you about God?
Turning truth into prayer:
As you contemplate your life ask the Lord to show you areas that need order and structure. Commit yourself to the Lord and ask Him to help you become more structured in the areas of your life that are most overwhelming.