by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17; Psalms 88:1-18
READ (verses chosen for meditation)
1 Chronicles 2:1-2 “These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.”
Today’s reading (and in subsequent days) will probably be challenging for many of us because it contains only genealogies. Yet, when we take the effort to read through, we might discover that it is a wonderful treasure to behold. The first two chapters of 1 Chronicles remind us of the very beginning when Adam was created by God.
From Adam, we can trace the genealogy of key characters like Noah, Abraham and then to the twelve tribes of Israel. Such a long list of genealogy serves to remind us that God is in control. He is the Author of time and shall make His choice to carry out His plan. From the very beginning, Israel was a much smaller nation as compared to her surrounding giants. Yet, it is a choice made by God to carry out His purposes. Even through the many pitfalls and sinfulness caused by the Israelites; God has faithfully upheld Israel. Not only that, God has fulfilled His promise to bring forth the hope of salvation (in Christ) through David’s line.
God is in control. When God makes a choice, nothing on earth or in the universe can come against Him. With this in mind, I can trust in the Lord and even rejoice if I sense the Lord calling me to do something out of my comfort zone. If there are troubles everywhere; then I should continue in prayer and trust the Lord to make His move in His time. If I know that the Lord has made His choice in an important matter; I should submit to His will and be at peace.
In recent months, my family and I had been quite busy looking for a new home to stay. It was an exhausting journey as we spent many day-offs viewing many homes. It was only recently that we were guided by the Lord to a home which is ideal. We are thankful. Yet at the same time, we are also praying earnestly that the process of purchase will go well. This is because we do not hope to go through the whole viewing process again. Today’s passage reminded me that while it is important to pray, I should also rest in the assurance that God has made His choice. Since God has made His choice, my family and I should choose to rest in Him.
Lord God, You are all knowing and all powerful. Help me to rest in what You have decided. Amen.