Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 1 Chronicles
“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 desire and every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, he will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” 1 Chronicles 28:9-10
King David wanted to build a House of Worship for the Lord – the Temple – but the Lord said that because David was a man of war, he would not build God’s House, but rather David’s son Solomon – a man of peace – would construct the actual Temple. David did all the ‘prep work’ to procure the land; made treaties with neighboring nations in order to get materials; developed a choir and assigned the priests; but Solomon would build. These verses are David’s admonition to his son Solomon to serve the Lord with all of his heart and mind, especially because in the Lord’s omniscience, He knows all things and all desires.
And the most beautiful part of this admonition is that David reminds Solomon that the Lord has chosen him to build it, and all Solomon has to do is be strong and proceed. If God is behind it, nothing will fail. Solomon knew this because it was he – under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – who would later write in Psalm 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain”. What are you building? Striving after? Yearning for? If it’s from and of the Lord – it will come to pass – in His due time. Just keep trusting the Lord; be loyal right where He’s placed you; learn to be content in whatever state your in; and be faithful in the little tings. And if that desire is of the flesh – then let it die. Either the Lord will resurrect it in the form and way that He wants it, or it’ll stay dead. And trust me – I’ve been there and I own the t-shirt – if it isn’t of the Lord, you don’t or won’t really want it.