This devotional was penned by Barry,
I Chronicles 28 and 29
Does man have free will?
It is a philosophical question that has been debated for hundreds of years.
In 1525 Martin Luther wrote The Bondage of the Will stating that by nature we are not free to choose God because we are hopelessly bound in sin. One of the very reasons that God sent Jesus into the world was to break that bondage so that we then can be set free to love God, to please Him and to truly delight in Him as free men and women. We are to live as free people who are willing servants of the King.
In 1 Chronicles 28 and 29 we seeing lots of willingness!
David’s days were numbered. He is handing over the reins to his son Solomon of whom God said “for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his Father” (28:6) God knew Solomon and David charged Solomon to know God and to serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind for the Lord had chosen him to build a temple as a sanctuary (28:9,10)
But not only was Solomon to be willing, his servants who were to build and serve in the temple were to be willing too. (28:21)
David himself was willing to give from his wealth to ensure that the temple was the best it could be. (29:2-5) He then exhorts all to willingly consecrate themselves to the LORD (29:5). Theirs was to be an even greater sacrifice for they were giving of themselves completely though part of that was to give freewill offerings to the Lord (29:6)
Result: the people rejoiced because they had given willingly and whole heartedly to the LORD. King David rejoiced greatly (29:9 and 17 )
So we are called to joyfully give our all to God…..it sounds like a big sacrifice!
But is it? David nails it. (14) Who are we “that we should be able to offer so willingly as this. ”
Well, because in giving everything to God we discover that He has given us everything already.
“…we have given only what comes from your hand.”
And all of this was BC! But we live AD!
For us who are Christians we can say:
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
God has given us everything in Christ.
Let us consider where we are holding back in our devotion to Him.
Let us consecrate ourselves afresh to Him, not because we feel we ought to, but because He is worthy.
It all begins with the heart. If the desires of your heart are right then you will find joy in abundance as you give yourself to Him
Delight yourself in the LORD
and He will give you the desires of your heart
(Psalm 37:4…of David