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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 7, 2021

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 18-21


I Chronicles 19:13 Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.


This is the only verse in the Bible that includes such a tremendous statement. It's amazing that it is not repeated over and over and over again. This is a statement of such gravity that, if practiced, it pulls everything into its submission. This statement is more than a statement. More than a passing thought. More than a simple phrase. It is a cause. It is a purpose. It is a mantra for all who would live in God's Holy will for their lives.


Twelve words placed in such a perfect order as to speak volumes. Twelve single syllable words that anyone could pronounce, and all can understand. Twelve words that can be the foundation of such a personal belief system that would change a person to their very core. Twelve words to power, twelve words to understanding, twelve words to peace of mind. Twelve words to live by. What are they?


And let the Lord do that which is good in his sight. In our Bible there are five verses that talk about doing things that are good in the sight of the Lord. Yet, today's verse is the only one that turns the spotlight on the Lord doing that which is good in His sight. The other four deal with men doing that which is good in the Lord's sight. The difference. The four speak of human effort, the one speaks of divine effort.


Joab was about to go into battle. His brother Abishai was with him. The Ammonites and the Syrians were before and behind their armies. Joab told his brother, you fight against Ammon, I will fight against the Syrians. If they be too strong for you I will help you, if they be too strong for me, you come and help me. In a final pep talk Joab reminded all to be of good courage, do valiantly and to remember that they are fighting for their cities and their God. Then he made the statement. And let the Lord do that which is good in his sight. In other words the general is conveying; we have done all we can do, we are trained, we have a plan, we are ready, and we will fight. But the outcome will be in the hands of the Lord, for I ask Him to do that which is good in His sight. In his sight is that which may agree or be opposed to Joab's sight. Whichever, he was ready to accept it. If they win it is because that was what was good in the Lord's sight. If they lose, it would be because that was what was good in the Lord's sight.


In the day and age in which we live, wherein we tell God our plans and expect Him to accept them and bless them with little or no thought to His plans, this is an amazing statement. Think about it, when was the last time that all results were simply put into His hands knowing/believing that He would do only that which was good in His sight. Coupled with the total and complete willingness to accept those results. When we try and fail, we look to place blame, either on ourselves or others. It may be that the Lord God had another plan that was good in His sight. Or we succeed, and glory in the credit, wherein it was the Lord God who gave the victory because it was good in His sight.


Well, Joab and Abishai led Israel to a great victory that day. Which must have been good in the sight of the Lord.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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