Got to be honest reading through Chronicles was quite hard work. However when I looked back at the verses that I had noted as standing out for me I have got some great snippets from God from reading Chronicles. It just goes to show all the Bible is important for teaching and encouraging us and it’s so worth making an effort to read the more obscure books.
- 1 Chronicles 22:13 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged
- 1 Chronicles 22:19 – Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God.
- 1 Chronicles 29:11-13 – Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honour come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name
- 2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
- 2 Chronicles 15:7 – But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
- 2 Chronicles 16:9 – For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
- 2 Chronicles 20:21 – After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendour of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever”.
This is how I summarise Chronicles (which I appreciate is very different from how others do!) but really as 2 books that catalogue Kings who turn away from God time and time again and then new Kings who turn back to God I think the message is quite apt, God will bless those who honour him.
Give thanks to the Lord for his love endures forever, praise him for the splendour of his holiness, in your brokenness be strong and courageous do not be afraid for God has said if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray, truly seek my face and turn from their wicked ways he will hear us from heaven, forgive us our trespasses and heal our land, he stands firm in his promise, devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God who is great and powerful, his is the power and the glory, majesty and splendour, forever and ever, everything in heaven and earth belongs to our God, he is exalted head over us, wealth and honour he bestows on us, he rules over all lands, in his hands are strength and power to exalt, he gives us our strength, so be strong and never give up for your work will be rewarded, for the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen all who are fully committed, driven witnesses of his love, sing praise to the Lord in heaven above