When We are Unfit for the Assignment
1 Chronicles 22
11 “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God, as he has spoken concerning you. 12 Only, may the Lord grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the Lord your God. 13 Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed.
Before he even knew it, Solomon was tasked with an assignment that was simply beyond him. As King David was gathering items and supplies to build a new temple in the name of the Lord, he even calls his own son as “young and inexperienced”. They really had no idea what was in store when it came to creating a symbol within their city, a place of worship.. a hope to nations! I could imagine the pressure and anxiety Solomon must have been experiencing unless he was too young to even remember! King David had obviously placed the expectations to the highest in addition to what the people had been anticipating.. but David doesn’t just throw his son into the wilderness.. He prophetically calls out Solomon’s greatness by declaring how the Lord will use him to bring peace to the nation of Israel. Solomon was not alone.. he had the blessing of not only his own blood father but the backing of provision and resources ranging from finances, supplies, skilled laborers, but most importantly the power of the Holy Spirit!
Over the last few years of ministry, the idea of building a team filled me with a lot of fears because I simply felt unfit.. I felt that I lacked the training, the experience, leadership, and even heart to be able to help execute a number of video assignments, train volunteers for 2 campuses, and get our multimedia team to a place where they can run with limited supervision. There would be times where volunteers were either extensively traveling, called in sick last minute or even move onto serve with other ministries or churches.. the lack of consistency at times would be frustrating! I would question whether we had a thriving ministry or one with a very wide revolving door. What the Lord has shown to me over time again and again is that I’m not alone.. that this is something that a lot of other ministries go through and at the same time God never leaves us empty handed. I am grateful for what the Lord has been teaching me through being faithful, the importance of investing in others, and just trusting in not to much at the fruits of the ministry but who He helps us become through suffering well with long patience and persevering. I believe it’s when we are able to come to grips knowing that God has provided us with more than we ever need is when our ministries have the potential of thriving as we watch His hand and not ours work through our steps of faith.
Thank you Heavenly Father, for helping me build our multimedia ministry to what I never saw coming. Give me perspective if there is another level we can be obtaining to be able to do greater and bigger things for our church and the Kingdom. Continue teaching me about what it means to be a good shepherd and lead others to where they can claim the divine promise that You have for their lives. Amen.