“As for you, if you faithfully follow me as David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations, then I will establish the throne of your dynasty. For I made this covenant with your father, David, when I said, ‘One of your descendants will always rule over Israel.’ 2 Chronicles 7:17-18 NLT
Children take pride in the accomplishments of their father. I’m sure Solomon was no different. His father was king in Israel and now he was following in his footsteps as king. It’s always difficult to follow someone successful because there would be constant comparison between you and the previous leader. When God spoke to Solomon, He referenced the life of David, his father.
David was a man who loved the Lord. When Saul sinned, God rejected him as king, In 1 Samuel 16:1, God said, ‘Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” When David became king, he wanted to build a temple for the Lord. But, David was a man of many battles, so God chose his son to build the temple. When the temple was completed, Solomon prayed a prayer of dedication and God responded to Solomon’s prayer.
Here, Solomon was given a conditional promise. It began with if. If you . . then I will . . Sometimes, God gives a promise or a blessing. Other times, they are conditional. You have to meet the criteria or principles set by God before the blessing can be yours. Solomon had to walk with God the way his father did. It did not mean that David lived a perfect life. David failed God many times but he always found a place of repentance. His heart was tuned to God and so God blessed David. God was willing to do the same with Solomon if he walked before God with an obedient heart like his father, David. There are some blessings God will withhold because you did not satisfy the criteria.
Thought for Today: Friend, God rewards those who obey His commands
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory