David knows the end of his life and reign are near. Bucking the convention of the Ancient Near East, he skips over a few of his sons and chooses Solomon to be his heir to the throne in Jerusalem. After a speech to Israel, David’s attention turns to Solomon. “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve Him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. Be careful now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.” (1 Chron 28:9-10).
Notice just a few points from these two verses that help you and I to see what kind of person we ought to be:
1. God wants us to know Him. Knowing is more than knowing about Him. The word translated know in this verse is “yada.” This word carries the idea of intimate knowledge. It is the same word used in Gen 4:1 where Adam “yada” his wife Eve; and she conceived. How well do you know God?
2. God wants us to have a willing heart. That is a heart willing to serve Him and love Him above all else. In Luke 14:25ff Jesus says He is to be our one and only; that nothing or no one is to even come close to competing with our love for Him. Are you truly willing to follow? David reminds Solomon that God knows our heart and our thoughts.
3. God wants you to seek Him. In my mind this goes along with intimate knowledge. This is not a one time event, this is an ongoing pursuit. This is the romance of intimacy. I know God and I want to know Him more. I think Paul said it this way, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, may share in His sufferings, and be like Him in His death.” (Phil 3:10). What do you do t spend more and more time with God becoming more and more like His Son?
4. God wants us to keep building His house. You and I should understand His house to be the Church. Paul takes bout his concern for the churches. We read throughout the New Testament of the various churches, their problems, strengths, and mission. We read that we are being built into a spiritual house. How are you spending your time and energy to build the church . . .not the building but the people you encourage by your presence and the ones you teach in the world?
5. God want us to be strong and do it. Three times in Joshua 1, God tells Joshua to “be strong and very courageous” to do God’s will. Paul closes the great passage on the resurrection of .Christ by reminding us to be steadfast and immovable and to keep on working. In other words, “be strong and do it!”. Will you take the challenge to just get in God’s kingdom and work?