(Part 2 of 3)
1 Chronicles 22:1-19… David’s poise in the time of his trouble… Verses 1-8… David desired to build a house, but God said, “No, because you shed a lot of blood.” Isn’t it so, that when we make mistakes we want to do something spiritual, such as extra tithe, extra prayer, becoming extra faithful in church attendance, praying more, or reading the Bible more? These things are fine but the aftermath is still there. Matthew 5:23-25 says, “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison” (KJV). The key to healing the “aftermath” is your poise. The word “poise” means “holding yourself in balance or in self-control, having a good presence of mind, composure.” Some folks can’t handle the aftermath. They do crazy things, such as divorce, quit their jobs, move away, or abuse their children and their spouse.
Verses 14-16… The healing begins… “Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto. Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work. Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee” (KJV).
“Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the Lord” (v. 14). The key word here is “trouble.” This word can refer to “how you answer and keep your poise when you have made a mistake” (Wilson’s Hebrew Dictionary). There is more. The word “trouble” as used here means “depression, misery, affliction.” It is taken from a word meaning “looking down upon yourself and becoming depressed because of a mistake you made.” The word “trouble” as used here goes on to deal with the importance of your response; i.e., of the importance of what you say and how you say it when you are trying to heal the aftermath. The idea is to give special attention to your response (to what you say), or else you will cause further damage. In your trouble, you can either heal a situation (aftermath), or make it worse. Troubles that are caused by a mistake are never fatal unless you choose to give up.
Verses 14-16… King David prepares the materials for the temple… These materials were for the temple that Solomon was to build. However, when the meanings of the words are revealed, it shows what came out of King David’s mouth. King David was trying to heal the land and the aftermath of his mistake. By his words he was determined to build a spiritual house, a temple. He wanted the whole nation to be a spiritual house unto the Lord, full of joy and laughter and worship. The death of seventy thousand men had left the nation devastated and depressed. King David knew that if the nation were left unhealed, it would become a loveless nation. A good leader, when he makes a mistake, will put his weakness into perspective and tap into the strength of his inner man that he didn’t know he had prior to his mistake. To recover from a mistake involves regaining the ability to get up. King David was not going to run from his problem and isolate himself. He kept his poise and his balance, although no doubt he was hurting in the inside too.
The materials that heal… “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles” (Proverbs 21:23, KJV). A preacher asked sixty thousand women over a period of years, “What heals mistakes and relationships the best?” Most all said, “Good communication.” That’s what King David teaches too. Winners are people who know the power of words. Winners prepare. God honors people who prepare (Psalm 112). Preparation is never wasted time.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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