AS FOR YOU

Today's devotion from 1 Kings 9.

Immediately. Solomon completed the building campaigns, dedicated them, and was immediately met by God who had a message. Solomon's prayer of dedication had been beautiful. There was no denying the elegance of his words. We have no reason to believe that he was anything but sincere as he called out to God. Now, God has chosen to respond.

This response is, I think, something important for each of us to consider. Many might be tempted to look at the words offered to Solomon and note the conditional nature of them. It is almost contractual. Party "A" agrees to meet these condition and offer these benefits and services to Party "B" as long as the second party agrees to and actually meets the conditions of this agreement. This is the nature of this covenant.

However, what is more telling is the fact that Solomon has to enter into an agreement at all. God, Himself, notes that David, "walked before me...with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded." (vs. 4) Think about it. David fulfilled his part in his covenant with God. Therefore, God would honor His promises in 1 Samuel 7:12-16.

Yet, the kingdom will be divided almost as soon as Solomon passes. In a few more generations, the Northern Kingdom will be obliterated by Assyrians. Not long after that, the Southern Kingdom will be carried into captivity in Babylon. Temple will be destroyed and the throne will be reduced to a fond memory.

Of course we know that God was not speaking of Solomon, but foreshadowing the ministry of Christ. However, another intriguing aspect of this account is that God enters into an agreement with Solomon as well as his father, David. This reveals the incredibly personal nature of God's work. Just because something held true for one generation, that doesn't mean it will carry forward. Each and every individual has a personal responsibility to respond to God. Your parents can surely set you on the proper path, but it is up to you, and you alone, to make that journey.