Please read 1 Kings 8:54-66, 2 Chronicles 7:1-10, 1 Kings 9:1-9, 2 Chronicles 7:11-22, 1 Kings 9:10-14 today, and head on back. Let’s visit – what is something that you are learning? I’m praying that you are seeing the Word in a new light as we are reading through this year together!
Solomon prays aloud and in front of the people – I love the boldness!
“Blessed be God, who has given peace to His people Israel just as He said He’d do. Not one of all those good and wonderful words that he spoke through Moses has misfired. May God, our very own God, continue to be with us just as He was with our ancestors—may He never give up and walk out on us. May He keep us centered and devoted to Him, following the life path He has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms He laid down for our ancestors” (1 Kings 8:56-58 MSG)
Now that Solomon has prayed, God answers (He always hears us when we pray), with the promise of blessing, but also a reminder of the consequences of disobedience.
“God said to him, ‘I’ve listened to and received all your prayers, your ever-so-passionate prayers. I’ve sanctified this Temple that you have built: My Name is stamped on it forever; My eyes are on it and My heart in it always. As for you, if you live in my presence as your father David lived, pure in heart and action, living the life I’ve set out for you, attentively obedient to My guidance and judgments, then I’ll back your kingly rule over Israel, make it a sure thing on a solid foundation’ ” (1 Kings 9:3-4 MSG)
He’s a wise and kind Father to us!