The LORD said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.”
1 Kings 9:3
After Solomon has finished all his activity — 20 years’ worth of building projects — God came to chat with him during a quiet moment. God wanted to let Solomon knows that He had heard Solomon’s prayer and that the temple would indeed be a holy place and one that God kept a close watch on. God also reaffirms His promise to David by extending the same offer to Solomon: Follow God wholeheartedly and He will establish your throne.
There is something fascinating to me in God’s offer to establish Solomon’s throne. I find myself looking at God’s Law and how the king was instructed to comport himself under that Law and find that a king following that Law would rule by love. This is not to say that he necessarily would love his subjects — though that would certainly be true — but to say that Machiavelli’s method of rule by love would come into play. Any ruler who ruled according to God’s Law would be beloved by the people. God’s Law forbade amassing wealth and unnecessary accoutrements and wives and a whole host of other things. The king, under God’s Law, was supposed to simply be a man who ruled other men. That was it.
But God (one of my favorite phrases in The Bible) had more in mind that merely Solomon’s temporal throne. God was looking down the corridors of future history and telling Solomon that he could be a part of the story of the Messiah if he chose to walk with God. And God already knew that Solomon wanted to be a part of that story
God is not handing out earthly thrones to all and sundry, but He does still extend the offer to be a part of the story of the Messiah. Jesus’ invitation was to all. Let all who are weary and heavy-laden come. John’s gospel says that whoever believes in the Son has everlasting life and goes on to say that the intent of Christ’s coming was that the world might be saved through Him.
God extends to me and everyone else to invitation to be a part of the story of the Messiah. Instead of being His forebears, we can be His brethren by redemption. And the conditions are the same. If I want to be a part of that story, then I must walk before [God] … in integrity of heart and uprightness. I must come to God to be redeemed so that I can walk in the righteousness of Christ and I must do so with my whole heart.
Father, thank You that the conditions of the promise do not change. It has been and ever shall be that You desire those who would come to You to do so with our whole heart. Please search me and know me and see if my heart is divided. If it is, please tear down the walls I have built up so that I follow with my whole heart. Please do not allow me to compartmentalize You, but instead take over all of me.