Arise and work! The Lord be with you!” 1Chronicles 22:16b (ESV)
I have heard this charge used to rally folks to the fields of mission work, disaster relief, and other ministries. While I understand the intent I have also seen and heard the neglect of the whole picture being painted for us in scripture here.
David is putting forth the final charge to Solomon his son to build the great House of Lord (v.11) and He like all wise men begins with prayer:
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.
Note the following:
•v.11 David prays “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed…” In my entire life I have yet to meet anyone who did not want to be successful. I have met many who were not and (myself included at times) I believe there can be a direct correlation to ones prayers. If you are going to set out to do any type of ministry work pray about it first, then pray some more and pray even more.
•v.12 not only does David pray for success but he prays for “discretion and understanding” while doing so. How easy would it be for Solomon to get caught up in a power trip or to loose touch with the people assigned to work with and for him. Today we are to Godly example to our co-workers no matter if we are the owner or the person scrubbing toilets. In ministry the same holds true we can get so wrapped up in the work we forget to acknowledge it is God doing the work and not us. The other trap is not bothering God with the small things like He is to busy for them.
•v.13 It is only when Solomon is obedient to the Law of God that success will follow. Does anyone think God has somehow changed and anything is different today? Obedience in all things not the ones we pick and choose (1John 5:3).
David concludes his charge with verse 16, The Lord be with you! That is my prayer for you today.