13 Aug

A father’s decree

King David had a strong desire to build a temple to honor the Lord. But The Lord had other plans.

David had built his kingdom by force. The Lord desired to build His temple with a man of peace.
King David certainly helped make the building of the temple possible but having the temple built peacefully was of utmost importance to the Lord.
Despite his personal desires, David yielded to the Lord’s instruction and went on to do all he could to set his son up for success.
The decree he declared over his son gives insight not only for healthy family transitions but also the keys for living a successful life as a child of THE KING.
Read the passage below and determine if the desires David had for Solomon aren’t the same the Lord has for you.
David’s top 10 desires for Solomon:
1. Godly direction
2. Wisdom
3. Understanding
4. Obedience
5. Strength
6. Courage
7. Fearlessness
8. Fullness of heart
9. Strong work ethic 
10. Completely seeking the Lord with heart and soul.
No doubt David chose these words carefully. We would do well to embrace the decree of the King in our own lives.
1 Chronicles 22:11-19 
 “Now, my son, may the Lord be with you and give you success as you follow his directions in building the Temple of the Lord your God. And may the Lord give you wisdom and understanding, that you may obey the Law of the Lord your God as you rule over Israel. For you will be successful if you carefully obey the decrees and regulations that the Lord gave to Israel through Moses. Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or lose heart! “I have worked hard to provide materials for building the Temple of the Lord, nearly 4,000 tons of gold, 40,000 tons of silver, and so much iron and bronze that it cannot be weighed. I have also gathered timber and stone for the walls, though you may need to add more. You have a large number of skilled stonemasons and carpenters and craftsmen of every kind. You have expert goldsmiths and silversmiths and workers of bronze and iron. Now begin the work, and may the Lord be with you!” Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to assist Solomon in this project. “The Lord your God is with you,” he declared. “He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the Lord and his people. Now seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. Build the sanctuary of the Lord God so that you can bring the Ark of the Lord ’s Covenant and the holy vessels of God into the Temple built to honor the Lord’s name.”

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