1 Kings 9

1 Kings 9 has Solomon finished with 20 years of building – first the Temple and then his own house.  They are done.  Check out what happens next: “As soon as Solomon had finished….the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time”.  Remember that God appeared to Solomon before he began the project and now as he finishes, God comes to see him again.  Not soon after…..as soon as.  God is paying attention.  He knows what is going on in our lives.  God is active and involved.  We need to realize just how much so.

God reminds him “I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. I have consecrated this house that you have built, by putting my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time”.  Solomon has been working to build God’s house, and his own, for the last 20 years.  It has not gone unnoticed and God is going to be there with the people.  He heard the prayer, and He is faithfully answering.  That is the God we serve.  He is always faithful.  He never fails.  And certainly He is clear with Solomon that He is moving in and will be there.

God moves on to speak truth directly into Solomon’s life.  “And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever”.  How’s that for a promise.  It is conditional – an if/then promise – but still is quite amazing.  All Solomon has to do is walk with God in integrity.  Is that asking too much?  It shouldn’t be – we should all live that way.  If Solomon does his part, God promises to establish his throne forever.  Seems like it should be more than enough motivation.

But God goes further to tell the rest of the story.  The opposite side of the if/then proposition.  “But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples”.  We have clarity on the good, and the bad.  If Solomon, or his children, do not walk with God then the outcome will be pretty poor.  God will cast them out.  Seems like God makes it pretty clear here.  He wants Solomon to walk with him, and to teach his children to do the same.  It’s the relationship that God cares about.  Solomon is in a position to create an amazing future for the people of God.  Or he has the potential of destroying the beauty God desires.  Obedience is key.  Training up our kids is critical.  Life is full of opportunities to walk with God.  We need to realize just how important those are!

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