Seize the Moment – Day 785


Be Faithful to Your Work!

2 Samuel 8


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, May 11.


King David was a military man with much blood on his hands from years of campaigning. This was the reason God did not allow him to build His temple (1 Kings 5:3; 1 Chronicles 22:8). Immediately after God established a covenant with him and his household in 2 Samuel 7, David went back out on military campaign and brutally conquered the Philistines, Moabites, Zobahites, Arameans, and Edomites. Essentially, David ran a textbook military conquest, which built a name for him and established Israel’s dominance over the Promised Land, as summarized in 2 Samuel 8:13-15:


So David made a name for himself when he returned from killing 18,000 Arameans in the Valley of Salt. He put garrisons in Edom. In all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became servants to David. And the Lord helped David wherever he went. So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered justice and righteousness for all his people.


While there was still work to be done, as we will see in future chapters, the reality is that David did not sit back and sulk after God told him he couldn’t lead the building campaign of the temple; rather, David got back to the work he was called to do and built the kingdom of Israel through military conquest and right administration. He was preparing the way for his son Solomon who would build the temple because he would not have to dirty his hands with military conquest, as David had to do.


Each of us has been chosen by God to do specific good works for God’s glory. Paul taught us this in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”


Seize the moment and be faithful to the work God has chosen for you to do in this season of your life.


God bless you!
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