1 Chronicles 28:20
David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, 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 temple of the Lord is finished.” NIV
God had given David all of the plans for the temple, but, David was not the one to build it, his son Solomon was. Just before this verse, David has given Solomon all of the detailed plans, including weights and dimensions for the temple and everything that was to be in it.
In the next chapter, David explains to the people, that Solomon is “young and inexperienced.” Perhaps that is the reason for David’s words here in this verse.
For some time now, I’ve been thinking that I would like to get an exhaustive commentary of the Bible. This verse brings that issue up again for me. I have questions about David’s words here that I cannot answer for myself. When I look at this verse in the Message translation, it says, “Take charge! Take heart! Don’t be anxious or get discouraged. God, my God, is with you in this; he won’t walk off and leave you in the lurch. He’s at your side until every last detail is completed for conducting the worship of God.” MSG All of this sounds very much like a faithful father encouraging his son.
But, I keep stumbling over the part where it says that God will be with Solomon until the work is completed. Won’t He always be with Solomon? I can’t remember enough of Solomon’s story at the moment to figure that out. I know that he completes the temple, and I know that he asks God for wisdom and is a wise and well-loved ruler, but, I don’t remember whether he went off the rails later in life. At some point, when I have more time, I will look into this. But, if I had an exhaustive commentary, I am thinking that the answer would be there … I will look into that, too.
For the moment, however, I will focus on the part of this verse that speaks to me. Solomon was given a monumental task. Solomon knew that this was God’s work, that God had ordained it, and that doing this work would be wholly in God’s will.
David tells Solomon not to worry, because God will be with him as he accomplishes the task.
Today, God still has lots of work to be done here on earth. I used to have a pastor who said that one of the reasons God created us was for us to be His hands and His feet here on earth. We need to be about doing God’s work — helping others in whatever ways they need it, and accomplishing the tasks that God has ordained for us.
If we are working to do that, we have nothing to fear or worry about.
I will think about that today … and I’ll also visit the bookstore.