|1 Chronicles 28:20 ERV: “Be strong and brave and finish this work. Don’ t be afraid, because the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will help you until all the work is finished. He will not leave you.”
Every one of us has work to do and the words of our verse today, which King David spoke to his son Solomon, speak to all of us. In Solomon’ s case, the work he was called to do was a building project. He was called to build the temple of God in Jerusalem. For us, it could be anything. We work as mothers, fathers, farmers, educators, factory workers, business people, artists, doctors, lawyers, preachers, and so on. The Lord God reigns over all areas of life and He calls people to work and to serve Him in all areas of life.
Each of these areas has its own difficulties and challenges and, as a result, we will always face the temptation of weariness and fear, the temptation to quit and give up. Instead, we must be strong, for “ The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy” (Psalm 28:7) and we must be brave, for ‘“ This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go’” (Joshua 1:9). We can be strong and brave because we are not alone. The Lord God is with us and is helping us.
And God will be there for us “ until all the work is finished.” God does not call us to work and to serve Him and then abandon us. He stays with us until the work is done. He “ will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps” (Psalm 121:3-4). God calls us to our work and then watches over everything we do and helps us with everything we do. H never leaves us. We can always count on God to be there for us.
Each of us has a part to play and work to do in the Kingdom of God. Today, take comfort in the thought that the Lord is always there with us, and is always helping us, until the job gets done.