“Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were appointed to external duties for Israel, as officers and judges… King David appointed him and his brothers, to have the oversight of the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of the Manassites for everything pertaining to God and for the affairs of the king… Over the king’s treasuries was Azmaveth the son of Adiel; and over the treasuries in the country, in the cities, in the villages, and in the towers, was Jonathan the son of Uzziah; and over those who did the work of the field for tilling the soil was Ezri the son of Chelub; and over the vineyards was Shimei the Ramathite; and over the produce of the vineyards for the wine cellars was Zabdi the Shiphmite. Over the olive and sycamore trees in the Shephelah was Baal-hanan the Gederite; and over the stores of oil was Joash. Over the herds that pastured in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite; over the herds in the valleys was Shaphat the son of Adlai. Over the camels was Obil the Ishmaelite; and over the donkeys was Jehdeiah the Meronothite. Over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagrite. All these were stewards of King David’s property. Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, being a man of understanding and a scribe. He and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni attended the king’s sons. Ahithophel was the king’s counselor, and Hushai the Archite was the king’s friend... Joab was commander of the king’s army.” 1 Chronicles 26:29,32; 27:25-34
Supervising. Accounting. Tilling soil. Pruning and harvesting plants. Tending to sheep and camels. Giving counsel. Taking notes and managing correspondence. Being a friend. Developing military strategy and leading the army. God’s kingdom is big and requires much toil for His work to be done. As the divine Master, He names us each and designs our work for the smooth running of His affairs. He implements certain authorities in our lives to determine where we should be and what we should be doing, and it is our responsibility to fulfill that work His way.
At the start of the week, with the dawn of every new day, do I thoughtfully consult with my King and ask how He would have me plan? Do I remind myself I am steward of His property and calendar, and serve at His pleasure? Do I view my every job as on His agenda and time clock, to be accomplished for His intention? Am I committed to work with a whole heart and willing mind, with keen care and strength and courage? (1 Chronicles 28:1,4,9-10,20)
At times our jobs are especially difficult due to the prickle of thorny colleagues, the heat of required effort, the challenge of a new skill, or fear over another’s reaction or acceptance. But when we serve under the Lord’s rule, we can be confident in His presence, order, and the ultimate beauty of His result. He gives holy meaning to every errand, every hug, every meal prepared, bed made, message sent, lesson taught, assignment completed, budget balanced, project managed, paycheck earned. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
My King, may I do wholeheartedly all You assign, in Jesus’s name, with thanksgiving. May my affairs be one with Your plans. Yours is the kingdom and the glory, forever. (Matthew 6:13; Colossians 3:17,23)