1 Chronicles 29.12-15, 18 – All things come from God
Posted: 9 February 2011 in 1 Chronicles

Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:

This song of praise is a reminder that, as their Creator, all things belong to God, which includes us. Anything we possess is on loan to us, and we are duty bound to make use of God’s gifts not only in such a way as to glorify God, but also in a way which accords with his will. We have nothing we can offer him, except what he has already given us.

“Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all.” Riches and honour come to us as a gift from God, but so too does poverty. That poverty can be a gift may make a strange sound on worldy ears, but when somebody is deprived of worldly success, they are rescued from an earthly idol it is all too easy to go chasing after, and they are given a greater facility to serve God..

Even the desire to love and worship God must come from him in the first instance, which is why David prays for God to prepare his people’s hearts unto himself. After we have received the gift of faith, which we have no right to expect, we can implead God for greater faith, but we can do nothing without him.

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4 Responses to  1 Chronicles 29.12-15, 18 – All things come from God
  • Garry says:

    Chronicles says “all things come from God”, and Psalms says “all good things come from God”. So which is it? After my soulmate died, and my best friend died,and my job was “consolidated”, and my savings were decimated, and I lost my house, and I suffered severe mental illnes followed by health problems, I am confused.
    More than a decade of this does not feel like “love” to me. No purpose is served by destroying a man’s life.
    I was better off before I knew how wonderful life can be. Everything I worked for, value, or believed to be right, proper, and decent has been taken away.

    • Jeff says:

      Garry, you answered your own question(s). You stated, “Everything I worked for, value, or believed to be right, proper, and decent has been taken away.” The reason you lost it is because it was what you valued. Where did God fit into your values. The bible also says in John 12:25, “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” I suggest that you spend your time in God’s word and you will find all the answers you seek.

  • gary crull says:

    I do not think poverty is a gift at t least that was not Gods original plan he gave Adam and Eve dominoin over all the earth. His plan was for thier well being not poverty that is part of the curse that was brought because of sin. Just my rhoughts, bless you for yours.

  • Cathy says:

    Oh no poverty IS a gift. Where I live I am not considered to be poor, but that is only because we live from paycheck to paycheck. Most everyone does anymore. However I feel that if I had money where would I be? I wonder. The Lord knows what is in our hearts. He sees mine as clearly as he does yours. Growing bitter is not a way to handle your situation. Everyone is not meant to be wealthy. In truth I think that those who have wealth are much less likely to depend upon Him for their needs or anything else. I do not have a pocket full of money, their have been good and bad times but one thing I do have is joy and love of the Lord. I am so thankful for today. I look forward to the day I see His face. Their are no riches that would ever replace that. I truly am a stranger here. Fight the good fight and finish the race!! Don’t give up now. I know it is tempting but He loves you and so do I.

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