SUNDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER, 2019
UNITY OF PURPOSE
TEXT: 1 CHRONICLES 12:23-40
KEY VERSE: “All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king” (1 CHRONICLES 12:38).
The story is told of a man who on his dying bed, desired to teach his three sons a lesson on unity and cooperation. He requested for a bunch of broom which he asked each of them to break. This, of course, they could not do. He then told them to untie the broom and attempt to break them stick after stick. This they did very effortlessly and the lesson was not lost upon his sons who vowed to their father that they would always stick together.
David’s route to the kingship of all Israel had been one fraught with many challenges. He ran from Saul’s fury, hiding in caves, mountains and forests. But God’s time for him to be crowned came at last. Being a man of war, he had a well-organized army with an astonishing number of brave and fearless soldiers. Adequate provision was made for a successful coronation.
These men of war gathered at Hebron (verse 40) for the singular purpose of installing David as king. They all came, including the “children of Issachar which were men that had understanding of the times” (verse 32). These men that could keep rank came with “a perfect heart” (verse 38). God is honoured when we unite in love and perfect commitment for a good and noble cause.
David was anointed King at age sixteen but did not become the ruler of both Israel and Judah until about twenty years later. No matter how long it seems, God’s pronouncement and promises must come to pass. God is worth waiting for and His promises are ever sure. Those who wait on him without wavering shall never be disappointed. God will use every circumstance to fulfill His will for His children.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God is honoured when we unite for a noble cause.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: PROVERBS 18–20