ESTABLISHMENT BY WORKS
Date: April 19
Category: Hard Work and Diligence
1 Chronicles 14:1-2, 1 Chronicles 18:3
"And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar timbers, with masons and carpenters, to build him a house. And David perceived that the Lord had established and confirmed him as king over Israel, for his kingdom was exalted highly for His people Israel's sake."
"Also David defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah toward Hamath, as he went to establish his dominion by the river Euphrates."
The first verse speaks about a very interesting thing here. David wanted to build a house for himself. So the king of Tyre gave David masons, carpenters, and all sorts of timbers to build the house. Once David built the house, the Bible says, "David perceived that the Lord had established and confirmed him as king of Israel…" [1 Chronicles 14:2]. But before he had a house, he didn't perceive that God had established him. His life was not secure.
One of the greatest investments that anyone in North America can make is to buy a house of their own. So any family, any person, any ministry, and any king (in this case) experiences a very significant moment in their lives when they buy a house of their own. Through that, they see that God has established them. When you have your own house without any debts, you will feel how gracious God has been to you. You won't have the worries of a mortgage hanging over your head. When you have a house of your own that has been paid off, you will sense how God is with you and how He has blessed you. You'll have peace. You won't have the stresses that a mortgage can bring.
This is how king David perceived that he was established. He saw, he realized, and he understood that God established him. But God didn't establish him because he had a house. Having a house gave king David that perception. For David to really be established, there was something he had to do. It says in 1 Chronicles 18:3 that David, himself, went to establish his kingdom. He had to go and fight his own battles.
For example, God is going to help you succeed in your studies or do well at your job. But your success will come as you go and fight your battles – as you go and put forth an effort. That's how it will happen. You will have a house as you go and work and as you save and invest. If you don't work, save, and invest, you will not be able to buy a house.
So, God wants you to work with Him to do what is needed in order to establish yourself. You've got to do things that are good for you – things that will bring you success. The only way you can be established is if you do positive things that are beneficial for you. That's why it's so important to spend time with God. Read His Word, pray and meditate upon God because when you do, He will show you what is good. There is no way you can know perfectly well what is good without God's insight. When you see God in your life, God will be the strength of your life. He'll be the refuge, the protection, and the blessing in your life. But it will all go together with the effort that you put forth.
God established David when he built a house of his own. But David also had to do some things in order to establish himself. So, you and I need to take from David's example and start doing what is required to become strong, powerful, knowledgeable, and successful. It's really up to you how successful you will be and how well you will be established.