“‘And you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve him with single mind and willing heart; for the LORD searches every mind, and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will abandon you forever. Take heed now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary; be strong and act.’ Then David gave his son Solomon the plan … ‘All this, in writing at the LORD’s direction, he made clear to me – the plan of all the works.’ David said further to his son Solomon, ‘Be strong and of good courage, and act. Do not be afraid or dismayed; for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.” 1 Chronicles 28: 9-11a, 19-20
David not only encourages his son, Solomon, but shows him not only to follow God but how to do so. David also provides detailed guidance concerning the building of the Temple. Not only that but he amasses the resources needed to complete the task. David sets the conditions for Solomon’s success. It is now up to Solomon to serve God with a single mind and willing heart. As I father I must admit I’ve often been long on instruction, short on resources, and not the greatest example. My sons have been told what to do, but often not given the resources not the complete example. Forgive me God, forgive me boys. I am thankful, in these later years I’ve done better. It is my desire to be like David (in this case) and to continue to be like Christ for God always provides guidance, the resources required and is our biggest cheerleader. May I always possess and demonstrate singleness of mind and willingness of heart – God first!