1 Chronicles 1
Okay, brace yourself. We’re about to wade through nine—yes, that’s nine—chapters of genealogies at the beginning of 1 Chronicles. Mercy! Seems like a daunting task for a blogger. However, I think God had a very good reason for inspiring the writer of this book (Ezra, perhaps) to begin with this long genealogy, and it’s a lesson we can take to heart as well.
The books of 1 and 2 Chronicles span a period of history from Adam down through about 500 B.C. This later date was about the time Israel was returning to its homeland from captivity. After being gone for so long and having lived under heathen rule, it’s likely that the current generation wouldn’t have had much of a clue as to who they really were or where they really came from. They certainly wouldn’t have had much sense of the high calling God had placed on their nation.
So, God inspired someone to write a concise history of the Israelite nation in order to remind them where they had come from. He wants to do the very same thing for us. He wants you to remember where you came from so it can influence where you’re headed.
A while back, I heard a clever saying that went something like this: When Satan tries to remind you of your past, remind him of his future. In this chapter, I see the opposite concept at work: When Satan tries to influence your future, remind him where you came from.
And where did you come from?
You came from the hand of a Creator God who knit you together in your mother’s womb (Ps 139:13). You came from the King of the Universe, who has a very large Book of Life in heaven—and your name is in it (Rev 3:5). You came from the Great Sustainer, who has a huge family tree—and you are one of the branches on it (Jn 15:5).
Any time you are tempted to feel unloved or disconnected, God wants you to remember where you came from. So today, rest in the assurance that you are part of God’s family, and let that influence where you’re headed. Whenever you’re wondering what the future holds, remember that the One you came from is the same One you’re going to, and He’s so glad to have you as part of His family.