God's Endless Supply of Able Servants

1 Chronicles 9:13
And their brethren, heads of the house of their fathers, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.

God is still capable of providing “very able men” for His work. Here were mentioned 1,760 in particular. I personally have in times past made this comment with regards to the work of the ministry, “It’s just hard to find good help these days!” However, after reading this verse I must admit I was wrong; it’s not hard at all for the Lord to find them.

As a pastor, my heart is encouraged to know that even now God is preparing very able men for the work of the service of the house of God. Just because the people we need to aid us in the ministry are not in our lives right at the moment, does not mean that they are not being prepared to serve! Our Lord is very strategic in His work; He knows the who, the how, and the when. Often, we as leaders of the work feel as if it’s our burden and obligation to scout, screen and secure the services of those individuals whom we feel are best qualified for the job. The fact is, except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it (Ps 127:1a).

Whenever the Lord sends someone into our lives to aid us in the ministry He has called us to, we are not to question His pickings! I’m afraid that all too often we “disqualify” others before we give them a real chance to shine for Jesus. This reminds me of when the sons of Jesse were being looked over to see who was best suited to be king. Samuel picked out Eliab because of his countenance and his height of stature, but the Lord said, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

God had already picked out His anointed servant David, and had been preparing him for such a time as this! What then are we to do when the harvest is great, but the laborers are few? Jesus answers this question in Luke 10:2b, when He says, “…pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.” 1 Chron 9:27 goes on to say, “…they lodged round about the house of God, because the charge was upon them...” Leaders, ask, and ye shall receive!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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