1 Chronicles 28:9-21 (NIV) 9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”
11 Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper parts, its inner rooms and the place of atonement. 12 He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the LORD and all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries for the dedicated things. 13 He gave him instructions for the divisions of the priests and Levites, and for all the work of serving in the temple of the LORD, as well as for all the articles to be used in its service.
14 He designated the weight of gold for all the gold articles to be used in various kinds of service, and the weight of silver for all the silver articles to be used in various kinds of service: 15 the weight of gold for the gold lampstands and their lamps, with the weight for each lampstand and its lamps; and the weight of silver for each silver lampstand and its lamps, according to the use of each lampstand; 16 the weight of gold for each table for consecrated bread; the weight of silver for the silver tables; 17 the weight of pure gold for the forks, sprinkling bowls and pitchers; the weight of gold for each gold dish; the weight of silver for each silver dish; 18 and the weight of the refined gold for the altar of incense. He also gave him the plan for the chariot, that is, the cherubim of gold that spread their wings and shelter the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
19 “All this,” David said, “I have in writing from the hand of the LORD upon me, and he gave me understanding in all the details of the plan.”
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished. 21 The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing man skilled in any craft will help you in all the work. The officials and all the people will obey your every command.”
Are you overwhelmed by the work that God is calling you to do? Do you feel ill-prepared for the task? No experience for the job?
You have no reason to fear because there was a man in the Bible that felt this way. Perhaps you have heard of him. His name was Solomon.
God’s task for Solomon: Build a temple for me to dwell in.
Solomon’s Resume: King’s kid. No knowledge about building or construction.
What did his father, David, say to him that helped him get started and eventually finish the task of building a house for God to dwell in?
The text that is printed right in this devotion. Look carefully at verses 9-10. The first task for Solomon to finish was to know the God of his father, David.
Everything after this would be a piece of cake compared with this task.
Have you perhaps found it this way in your life? Eating, drinking, dressing, sleeping all seem to be pretty easy tasks. Going about the regular routine of the day not so hard. You do it often without thinking.
But this task of knowing God and serving Him with a willing heart, this is something that tries our very soul. We start to pursue God, then suddenly, things interrupt our pursuit. Hours, days, or weeks go by, and we discover that we have entirely forgotten our primary calling.
I can do most everything else reasonably well on my own, but tell me I need to know God. I find the simplest thing, praying, talking to Him, and reading His Word is not something I can do on my own. This is when my ADD kicks into high gear. Every possible interruption assails my mind to keep me from the most critical task.
Take special note of the order of King David’s words to Solomon. Before he tells him to build a house for God, he tells him he must know Him and serve God with a whole heart and a willing mind.
Why is this the order of David’s words? Because this is the divine order about everything. Until we know God everything else will not be in its proper place. This is the central teaching of Scripture. Until we know God we will not know anything else as we should.
Consider verses 11-21.
Do you notice anything unusual about David’s calling Solomon to build a house for God? It is right here in this passage we see the grace of God unfolding.
God calls Solomon to build him a house. Solomon knows nothing about how to do that. David tells Solomon to work on developing his relationship with God, and then these verses show up.
The essence of these verses is that Solomon will not have to lift a hand to build anything. God has all the workers in place, and all the plans are already written. All Solomon has to do is say, “Yes!” The work will be done by others.
Do you see it yet, saint? God wants you to obey His Word. He will see to it that what He has called you to do will get done.
As we abide in Him, we learn to see Him perform our calling. The chief task we are called to is to know God. When we get that down, then God’s commands for us, even though they may seem impossible, will be seen as light work, for the Spirit of God is present to perform His work through us.
The Apostle Paul said it best, “Christ in you is the hope of glory.”