Pastor Dalon Chin: “WHAT ARE WE BUILDING?”

PASTORAL LETTER – “WHAT ARE WE BUILDING?”

Early in King Solomon’s reign, God told him, “If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days” (1 Kings 3:14). Solomon was granted wisdom by God and applied that wisdom as he ruled. He began to build the temple of God that his father was unable to build. Chapter 6 in 1 Kings describes the construction in detail.

I find it interesting that partway through Chapter 6, there is a sudden break in the description of the construction, with the Lord coming to speak to Solomon (6:11-13). God’s word to Solomon was very similar to what He said to him in Chapter 3. The message almost seems out of place, with the description of the construction continuing in verse 14 until the end of the chapter. Why was this message here?  And why did God feel the need to essentially repeat 3:14? By building the temple, wasn’t Solomon already representing God’s interests and demonstrating a commitment to Him?  Why don’t we see God congratulating him about the building?

The Lord acknowledged the building that was in process (v12), but the building did not seem to be the focus. God reminded Solomon that obedience and loyalty to God were most crucial…especially important when Solomon’s at risk of relying on ‘his’ wisdom.

In whatever circumstance, activity, or project in which we find ourselves, we should always be motivated by the character of God and not focused on the work itself. We should always be focused on worshipping and loving the Lord. Fix your eyes on God. Pray fervently for the Lord’s will to be done with a submissive attitude and an intent to obey. Honestly ask God how you and the church can act with faith and courage to fulfill His plans.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us place our hope not in the possibility of what God will provide, but rather hope in the certainty of who He is.

For His Glory,

Pastor Dalon