Do the Work
1 Chronicles 28:20
Suppose you are asked to undertake a construction project for a building that will take seven years to build. You have no competent workers where you live trained in the kind of construction required, so you have to enlist them from foreign nations. You send 30,000 of your employees to help get materials ready in a neighboring country, and hire another 153,600 laborers to be directed by 3,600 overseers. Roughly 70,000 of these will be “bearers” and 80,000 will be hewers of stone. All material preparation has to be done off-site so as to minimize construction noise (per the owner’s request). To pay for this building you are given nearly 200 tons of solid gold, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, and 3,750 tons of iron—plus various amounts of precious jewels and marble. And to top it off, your father announces to the press that you are young and inexperienced and have never built anything like this before—a real confidence-booster (1 Chron. 29:1).
If you think you’d be lying awake at night wondering how to pull off this mammoth construction project, you’re probably right. It would only be human to be a bit intimidated—okay, scared to death!—by such a huge project. And though we don’t know exactly how Solomon felt when given this assignment by his father, king David—building the Temple in Jerusalem—we do have an indication.
David told Solomon to be “strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord... is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work... is finished.” It’s not likely David would have spoken these words of comfort if Solomon had not been at least a little scared.
You may not have spent seven years building a temple, but you will spend 20 years raising your children, 50 or more years building a marriage, and a lifetime creating a reputation and legacy for the next generation. And you’ll be intimidated and fearful at times, and make plenty of mistakes. But remember David’s words to his son: Do the work. God is with you.
God’s Promise to You: “Do not fear. The work I give you is work we can accomplish together.”