We read today about David’s announcement to all of Israel that Solomon would soon be taking his place as king of Israel. David made it clear to everyone in Israel that it was God who put David on the throne, God who would put Solomon on the throne, and God who ordered the building of the Temple for the next generation.
David, in the sight of all of Israel tells his son, “Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God…” and “Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind” (v.8-9). David also gives Solomon instructions for how to build the Temple. Go back to our passage today and look at how prepared David is! David was detailed in his instruction to his son, giving him the guidance required for building the Temple in a way that was God-honoring.
Then, before everyone, David tells Solomon, “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” (v. 20).
What a great picture of a father discipling and encouraging his son! David knew that Solomon was called to build the Temple of God, and with the Lord’s help, it would be done. What has God called you to do? How do you need to “be strong and courageous, and do the work?” Is there a specific ministry area where God wants you to serve? Do you have a passion for a specific people or ministry?
For all Christians, God has called us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Do you ever feel like you aren’t growing in your faith? Be encouraged that “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Remember to not “be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you” (v.20).
What is God calling you to do today? Think of one area God wants you to grow in, and one area of service that God may be calling you. (Hint: the question isn’t whether you are called, but how!)
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice