there they dwelt with the king for his work.”
1 Chronicles 4:23
across a Bible verse that jumps off the page at you? I don’t mean a verse
you’ve read a bazillion times or can quote in an instant. I mean some obscure
but the more I think about this one, repeat it, or dig into it, the more I love
it. So, here it is…
where Jabez and his prayer reside, is this verse:
(1 Chron. 4:23 NKJV)
King James or the Masoretic Text (though each is worded slightly different), it
says this, “These were the potters, and those who lived among plants and
hedges. They lived there with the king for his work.” (Mas)
me show you what I see in it.
technical potter’s term, used in connection with the potter at work, and means
to form, fashion, to produce, create, craftsmanship, handiwork, etc.
means remain, abide, inhabit, etc.
place in Palestine,
place in Palestine,
business, employment, deputyship, workmanship, service, use, and ministry.
right now? Where in His kingdom has the King placed you to carry out His work?
hedges. Maybe even thorny ones. Maybe you see them as a hindrance. And maybe
they are. Or maybe they are there to protect you. Maybe to discipline you.
Maybe for you to learn a lesson. Or maybe to separate you from something until
you gather up strength.
they are of the King’s permissive will, sifted through His mighty fingers. Fit
for you…and fit for me. Otherwise, He would remove them.
willed for us to do. The labor of your hands…and my hands. In His kingdom.
hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord
rather than for people.” (Col. 3:23 NLT)
dwelling right now, that is the divine place of the King’s work for you. That
is your service, your ministry.
eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor.
the Lord placed in your hands to accomplish for Him?
with the King?
for His work.
God’s Word and treasure hunts for golden nuggets along the road Home. Lynn lives
with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied now of three kidlets
and embracing three giggly grand-chicklets. Her greatest passion is to share
those nuggets in her devotionals and inspirational stories, fulfilling God’s
call on her life to encourage others and glorify the Lord. Lynn writes monthly
for several sites and bi-weekly at her online residence, Heading Home.
You can find Lynn’s website at http://lynnmosher.com/