Solomon had been called to a special task: Build God’s Temple. He was a young man about to step into his dad’s shoes as king, and he was given very clear instructions along with all the blueprints he would need to get started.
But have you ever made plans, only to keep putting them off? As the years go by, they just collect dust, and you wonder if maybe it’s just too late. Or maybe you took the first step to put the plans into motion, but after facing rejection after rejection, you gave into discouragement and gave up.
David knew his son could get easily distracted from completing this building project. He knew the enemy would love nothing more than for one of God’s own to get caught up in the things of this world and be kept from making an impact for eternity. As a wise father, he wanted his son to succeed and he wanted him to honor the Lord, so David even went to the extent of lining up thousands of skilled workers and pre-assigning them their tasks. All Solomon had to do was get the ball rolling, supervise the people, and believe it could be done.
God works in a very similar fashion. He wants His people to succeed so He will send people our way to help us. They’ve already been called themselves to do these good works, and sometimes, all we have to do is believe it can be done and get the ball rolling.
Whatever special task we’ve been assigned, the words given to Solomon are a relevant encouragement for us today: “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work is finished correctly.”
1. What plans have you set aside that God may actually be calling you to take up again today?
2. Pray over those plans: “Lord, I know I am called by you for a purpose. Sometimes, I lose sight of that purpose, and sometimes, I have no idea what that purpose even is. But I’ve had plans brewing in my head for some time now, and I want to act on them. Will you go before me and lead the way?”
1 Chronicles 28:1-10, 20
David’s Instructions to Solomon
1 David summoned all the officials of Israel to Jerusalem—the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the army divisions, the other generals and captains, the overseers of the royal property and livestock, the palace officials, the mighty men, and all the other brave warriors in the kingdom. 2 David rose to his feet and said: “My brothers and my people! It was my desire to build a Temple where the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant, God’s footstool, could rest permanently. I made the necessary preparations for building it, 3 but God said to me, ‘You must not build a Temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.’
4 “Yet the LORD, the God of Israel, has chosen me from among all my father’s family to be king over Israel forever. For he has chosen the tribe of Judah to rule, and from among the families of Judah he chose my father’s family. And from among my father’s sons the LORD was pleased to make me king over all Israel. 5 And from among my sons—for the LORD has given me many—he chose Solomon to succeed me on the throne of Israel and to rule over the LORD’s kingdom. 6 He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and its courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son, and I will be his father. 7 And if he continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.’
8 “So now, with God as our witness, and in the sight of all Israel—the LORD’s assembly—I give you this charge. Be careful to obey all the commands of the LORD your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.
9 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 So take this seriously. The LORD has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”
20 Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly.