Devotional – Understanding the Times

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“men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”
1 Chronicles 12:32 ESV

1 Chronicles 12 tells us of the “mighty men” who rallied to David’s side during his days of rejection.

Not surprisingly those who came to David were highly skilled warriors. They were swift, mighty and experienced. Experts with the weapons of war including spear, shield, bow, and sling. By the tens of thousands they came to David’s aid equipped and battle ready.

There were others who came to David who brought an entirely different set of skills. Yes, they may have been warriors too– but they possessed something much greater than military prowess, they possessed wisdom and discernment. They were ‘men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.’

Today, perhaps more than ever, God’s Church needs men and women who understand the times. Wise and discerning believers who know what the church ought to do and have the courage to stand up and lead the Church in the ways of God!

Are you such a believer? Will you rally around the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church? Will you, with all wisdom and discernment, seek out God’s will for the Church today? Do you posses the courage to rise up and pursue God’s will?

Lord, I pray for Your wisdom. Wisdom to understand the times. Discernment to know Your will. Courage to stand battle ready. And the audacity to do your will regardless of the cost.

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Editorial note: Originally published July 11, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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