2 Chronicles 22

 

This chapter introduces us to Solomon, the son of King David.  We see that the Lord reveals to David that he will not be the one to build The Lord’s temple “because he has shed much blood and has waged great wars” (vs. 8).  This assignment was now to be given to Solomon.  What I want to focus on is David’s exhortation to Solomon as he prepares to fulfill His purpose in God (1 Chronicles 22:12-13).  This is my encouragement for you today…

“Only, may the Lord grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel (God purpose) you may keep the law of the Lord your God.  Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel.  Be strong and courageous.  Fear not; do not be dismayed.”

Throughout the chapter we see that Solomon has been provided with everything he needs to achieve his purpose in God (the tools, the building supplies, the people, and the blessing of God – Vs 18).  All he needs to do is “set his mind and heart to seek the Lord your God” (1 Chronicles 22:19).  Isn’t this sometimes the hardest part of fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives?

I love how David, throughout this passage, tells Solomon to “Arise!” and act/build (vs. 16, 19).  So often we can sit in self pity, self condemnation, self doubt, or self disbelief because we feel inadequate or insecure.  May I remind you that in Christ there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1) and there is no inadequacy (Ephesians 2:10). Faith is the act of believing God for what He promises and moving in obedience to that (Hebrews 11:1).  May I encourage you with this same exhortation, Arise and GO, make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20) – this is our assignment and in Christ and because of Christ you have been given everything you need!